Contempt is a serious matter. Sometimes the cases are pretty close to a slam dunk and sometimes they are far from it. It will all depend on the facts of your case. First time offenders generally get probation. If he has a good case then try to negotiate a settlement for dismissal of the case.
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You really should be talking this over with your attorney. If you feel uncomfortable with your attorney, you might want to hire a private attorney with alot of experience. Sit down with your attorney and have them answer the questions you have. Remember too many cooks spoil the pot.
Any answer to questions is not meant to be con screwed as legal advise and no attorney client relationship has formed. In order for an attorney to give legal advise, The attorney would need to have an opportunity to ask specific questions from a full and complete disclosure of the underlying facts involved in the question asked.
The public defender is likely to plead you out. They have tons of cases to defend, and that is the only way they can keep from piling even worse. They do a good job with the resources you have, but if you want more than they can provide, you will need to hire a private attorney.
In your case, you will need to speak to a few attorneys who offer free consultations. A good family law attorney may be able to help you and your ex move on in the grief process (divorce is like a death) from your own anger to focus working to raise your children to be happy , healthy, and not worried about mom or dad going to jail.
Since legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and laws are constantly changing, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent legal counsel.
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