Please go find your court's Department of Assigned Counsel and get a public defender assigned to your case if you cannot afford private counsel. WA allows the affirmative defense of self-defense. I can't tell on these facts whether that will be a prevailing argument or not, but with all due respect, you need to lawyer up if you are going to have a good chance of prevailing on this matter. Same way you have a dentist fix your teeth, have an attorney attend to criminal charges. Hope this helps. Elizabeth Powell
It sounds like your case must have happened within the city limits of a jurisdiction like Monroe or another incorporated city. That is the only way you would be going to court so fast in Snohomish County. I assume you are charged with Domestic Violence Assault as you dated "Bob" in the past. Assault IV - DV carries a maximum penalty of a $5000 fine and one year in jail. If you have an arraignment on Monday, the court will take your not guilty plea and set conditions of release, possible including a no-contact order. It is important to try and avoid that order so "Bob" will not have the power to get you arrested again. You should contact a qualified domestic violence defense attorney as soon as possible.
I have included a link to domestic violence related assault material below.