My 17-yr old stepdaughter (who lived with us until this incident) raised her hand to me during an argument. I thought she was going to strike me, so I slapped her once across the face. Her and her mother are now bringing charges, even though she has since moved out and there is no danger of this happening again. I have no criminal history at all. I can't really afford a lawyer, but I don't know what the consequences will be if I don't have one on the day I'm scheduled to go to court. I don't even know what's going to happen at this court date - I've never done this before.