The other morning, I was late getting my kids up for school, they weren't listening so I was yelling at them to hurry up. My 7 year old was up stairs yelling back at me, my daughter was in the hallway behind me. I turned around quickly to give my daughter her shoes, not realizing my son was on the landing, and my hand caught him pretty hard on his cheek. I felt awful, hugged him and said I was so sorry. I sent him to school, not thinking anything would happen, shortly after school was out, I got a knock on my door and there was a child welfare person and 2 police officers. After over an hour of speaking to them and explaining what I happened, I was arrested. I now have an assault 4 charge, the first time I have ever had any charge in my life. And I now have a no contact order with all 3 of my children. The doctor that examined my child stated that the mark on his face could only have occurred with multiple hits and velocity. I keep getting told to be honest and have been nothing but honest with everyone. I don't know what I need to do, I have never been in a situation like this in my life. It is killing me to not even be able to tell my kids I love them or miss them. Please offer a
First you should stop making statements to the police (or anyone else except an attorney, including public internet sites) That got you arrested and can be used against you in court. The second thing you should do -
yesterday - is find and retain a good criminal defense attorney. These are serious charges and a lot will depend on how effectively you can defend yourself in court.
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You need an excellent criminal defense attorney, now. Get off the internet (cops and prosecutors have computers too) and into a lawyer's office, yesterday.
The emphasis of "stop posting about this on the internet" cannot be overstated, so I am going to repeat it: stop posting about this on the internet! Do not talk to anyone but an attorney about this, period. You need to speak with an attorney, now. It is possible that you will be dealing with both a criminal matter as well as a juvenile dependency matter, so when you are looking for an attorney, try to find one that is knowledgeable in both of those areas of law, and practices in the county in which this event occurred.
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