Will I go to jail. My roommate is still txting me on my phone. I have not txt him back. I left the trailer as so as I could. I was only defending myself. I am told by lawyers I have called for help from ND that they will not help me until I am arrested. I have a good job and don't want to loose it.
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): North Dakota
calling different lawyers in ND for help. No one will help until I am arrested. I do not want to loose my job. I have a daughter and parents that need my help to pay their bills.
-Could you explain your situation a little more?Why would you go to jail because your boyfriend is texting you?
What possible crime did you commit?
On 5/26/12 my room mate first hit me on the chest, I pushed him away. The next day he spit on me and I pushed him away again and left the trailer that we share. I moved out and have no contract with him. On 7/2/12 I was told the police is looking for me because my room mate went to the hospital with a dislocated shoulder, which he has showed me how easy he can dislocate it long before we started working together. The doctor called the police. Is there a statue of liberty on this charge? I have a good job and was only trying to get away from him so to stay away from a fight.I have a daughter and disabilty parents that I help and can not aford to loose my job. At this time I am on vacation but know when I return to ND I must go to the police. I have called and tried to get a lawyer but they tell me I must be arrested first before they will help me.
Dear JACUSTOMER - If there is a warrant for your arrest there is not a statute of limitations as the warrant will be held open until you appear. I seriously doubt you will be going to jail if you were defending yourself and it will be a matter of his word against yours and whether anyone believes you were capable of hurting him in a physical altercation. The court will appoint an attorney if you cannot afford one so you should be fine in that area and you should not make any statements about the case to anyone but an attorney. You need to find out from the court or the [police in your home town whether there is actually a warrant for your arrest but if there is you can turn yourself in to the court and enter a plea of not guilty and request an attorney. Avoiding the situation is a very bad idea as it will only make things worse. Based on your facts it appears he was the aggressor in the case and I would suppose most judges and prosecutors would agree.
Should I leave my vacation and go back to ND now? Before, I left ND for my vacation I called the police and they told me there was not an arrest out on me. But friends from work have called and told me there was. So, I call the ND police and they will not give me any information. Can I go to the police station here were I am and request if there is an arrest out for me?
I would wait until you return assuming it is going to be relatively soon. The police where you are now located aren't going to have this information.
25 years experience practicing attorney
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