What’s to expect?
My boyfriend and I fought and both hurt each other I called police and pressed charges. He didn’t press charges on me now I have a felony on record first time I’ve been to jail o received and felonies. I bailed out.... My question is what to expect on court??
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The first thing you should do is contact a lawyer who will take the time to explain the process to you and help you through the system. It's a confusing place.
You have been accused by a police officer of a crime. That officer wrote a report and forwarded it to the District Attorney's Office. They, and they alone, will decide whether or not to charge you with an offense. While they may take your boyfriend's willingness to cooperate into account, they alone make the final decision.
You have been issued a court date to go for arraignment. If no charges are filed, the case ends that day, although an arrest will always show on your record. If the case is picked up, the court will ask you if you would like an attorney appointed. The DA may make an offer that first day. I always think it's better to talk to a lawyer before entering into any agreement. The DA knows their way around the courtroom, they know the legal strengths and weaknesses of the case, and quite often they prey upon people's fears in order to get a quick plea and not have to work.
At arraignment, the charges will be read and you will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. You and your lawyer will take it from there. Depending on the specifics of your case, there may be a number of motions that get filed to eliminate some evidence and discover some favorable evidence. An investigator should be brought into the case as quickly as possible to interview witnesses, view the scene, etc.
If you are charged with a felony, you will have the right to a preliminary hearing, which is a fancy way of saying the judge will probably tell you you have to go to trial. Legally, he or she must only find that there's a reasonable suspicion that the crime was committed and that you committed it. After that, you and your lawyer will prepare for jury trial.
I suggest finding someone who will explain each step to you and actively involve you in your own defense. Best of luck!
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Up to the DA to file charges . Or not .
You may show up to court and find the DA has decided to not file charges "at this time".
For a felony , they have 3 years to file. Misdemeanor 1 year.
Make sure you show up to court on that date regardless. Hire a lawyer . Get out of your toxic
This relationship has red flags all over it.
Run for the hills.
These things only get worse!!
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You need a good criminal defense attorney to represent you. These cases can be very defensible. Best not to post details online. Search for lawyers on Avvo and consult with them privately. Many will offer a free consultation before being retained.