I am not sure what your question is, but I recommend calling your county bar association for an attorney referral. Though you have already been at the receiving end of the criminal process, there is actually a civil process that can be undertaken and it sounds like that is happening. If you don't, then there is the risk that they will obtain a default judgement against you for what they are asking for without the opportunity for you to have an attorney review it for validity.
Clearly, you need to hire a lawyer.
If the other party gets a judgement against you, it may not be subject to discharge in bankruptcy.
On the other hand, the other persons lawyer may be looking for alternative avenues of recovery.
Use the AVVO find a lawyer tab.
You need to look here on www.avvo.com for a local attorney. If you are served with a lawsuit then failure to respond will result in a default judgment against you.
DISCLAIMER: David J. McCormick is licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin and this answer is being provided for informational purposes only because the laws of your jurisdiction may differ. This answer based on general legal principles and is not intended for the purpose of providing specific legal advice or opinions. Under no circumstances does this answer constitute the establishment of an attorney-client relationship.
The $500 you paid is a standard crime victim penalty assessment that all criminal defendants in Washington State pay according to statute. It goes to the general victim fund with the state. You did not compensate the person you assaulted. You need to find someone to defend you. And "no win no pay" is typical contract for plaintiffs in that situation. Good luck.
I looked carefully at your statement, but could find no question. I suggest you attempt to work out a resolution of this claim with the attorney who has contacted you. It appears you have been found guilty and that guilty finding can be used against you to prove the civil claim. Work out a payment.
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