I have recently been charged with Domestic Violence and assult. The officer told me both offenses are misdemeanors. No one was hurt but i shoved my x girlfriends boyfriend in a store and my kid was present. I have to go in today for arraingment. Before i go i wanted to know if im going to be put in jail today or if im just pleaing guilty,not guilty? Ive never been in trouble so im kinda nervous as to whats going to happen? My x set me up but i didnt react properly so i know im in trouble but i wondered if i just plead no contest what will happen? Im working 7 days a week rite now and cant miss any days so i just want this mess done and over with. What can i expect and what should i do?
State/Country relating to question: Michigan
Hi! I will be the professional that will be helping you today. I look forward to providing you with information to help solve your problem.
I certainly understand your situation. Today, you will be read the charges against you and asked to enter a plea. Most people enter a plea of not guilty and then the court gives them another court date to return. During that time, they retain an attorney to look over the facts of their case and see if they have any legal defenses or want to take the case to trial. If not, they work out a plea deal on their behalf. If you can not afford private counsel, you can ask to be appointed the public defender. As a first time offender, it is not likely that they will seek any jail time. However, probation, fines, court costs, anger manangement classes and possible community service, are all possible sentences which could be imposed. If you just wanted to resolve the case today, you could ask for a plea offer but you should consult with an attorney before doing anything, so your legal interests are protected.
7+ years defending Misdemeanor and Felony cases.
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