I drove off three assailants who attacked my wife, daughter and me in our apartment because we had called the police on their drunk and disorderly behavior, but because I ran out of the apartment after them armed with knives for protection, my public defender says that I'm "skating on thin ice" by claiming self-defense because I left the apartment. However, at the apartment where we lived at the time, we had clearly marked assigned parking spaces, and we had already had one car stolen and destroyed beyond our financial means to have it repaired. So I had more than reasonable concern that after assaulting us and vandalizing our apartment with a fire extinguisher that these drunks might damage our remaining car; when I was subdued by police, I was less than ten feet from our car and about 15 feet from the window of our apartment, through which the drunks could conceivably have thrown the fire extinguisher.
Plus, I never got anywhere near them, but they just barely missed hitting my head when they threw the now empty extinguisher at me, and they had already blasted my wife and me point blank with the noxious chemicals from the extinguisher. Yet I am facing six years in prison, and my travel is restricted to certain counties in Western, WA, while one of them got to go to China for a two-month vacation, further delaying a trial on this almost two-year-old case.
When I objected to this further delay in my trial, the judge essentially told me to shut up, further abrogating my right to a speedy trial, a well as to equal protection under the law (the police still won't let us file charges against the drunks, even though they did indeed hurt us, committed criminal trespass, disturbed the peace, nearly killed me with the fire extinguisher and much more).
My PD keeps rolling over and playing dead for the prosecutor, such as letting him tack on additional charges after I refused a plea bargain that would have branded me forever as a felon, as well keep from visiting my in-laws in Italy; they consider me their third son . What can I do to get help from real lawyers pro bono?
By the way, I have no prior police record, not even a parking ticket. I don't get drunk. I don't beat my wife and child. Etcetera, etcetera. Yet criminals get off scott-free because they can afford lawyers with all the drug money they make. What kind of justice system do we have when only wealthy criminals can afford competent lawyers? Where's the justice?