I would suggest that it is always wise to hire an attorney after an arrest. A public defender is only available to your wife if she qualifies to have one represent her (based on her financial status), and one would not be appointed until arraignment. In a situation like this, it seems that there should not be an arraignment (meaning charges should not be filed, based on the scenario you presented). A good attorney should be able to get to the bottom of everything quickly and help to ensure that no charges are filed.
The Da decides who to prosecute. Meet with the pr of see if you're more comfortable with a private lawyer.both good choices depending on their skill level.
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Strange that I've been walking down the street the streets of Tampa TALKING to a woman many times, yet the police have never arrestedany woman for slapping me. I wonder what caught the police officers' attention, how they got the idea that you had been slapped, and why the busy Tampa Police Department doesn't have better things to do than arrest "another Innocent person that has done nothing wrong"?
The PD has given you the proper form. Send it to the State Attorney's Office, talk to the prosecutor about dropping charges, and get counseling with your wife.
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I practice Domestic Violence law in Tampa and can assist you. Feel free to contact me at 813-225-2695. The State can proceed against your wife but there are ways to get the charges dropped that I can assist you both with. Please let me know if I can help.
First and foremost, I apologize for the current situation you all are in. I strongly suggest you retain a Tampa criminal defense lawyer.
My firm offers free case consultations in these sorts of cases. We would love to sit down and discuss the opportunities to protect your wife's legal rights. Good luck.
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