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The possible sentence on this includes up to a year jail time if it is a misdemeanor but it is unlikely to occur if neither of you have previous records. What is more likely is that they will offer probation.
As far as what you should do, you've identified it in that you should hire a lawyer and so should your girlfriend. The same lawyer can't represent both of you so you'd need two different ones.
The cost will most likely me $750 minimum with up to $1500 being more likely.
If you get convicted you also will not be allowed to own a firearm in the future.
Most people also ask if they can get the charges dropped because they don't want to pursue them.
Unfortunately, that is rarely possible and if the police actually saw the argument is almost certainly not going to happen so it's a matter of getting the best deal possible or going to trial.
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It's possible to do jail time but very unlikely. The most likely thing to occur is they give you probation.
You absolutely can't both use the same lawyer. It is a conflict of interest. you're welcome to call around and ask, but any of them are going to tell you the same.
3-6 months probation, an anger management class, and some kind of fine is the most likely.
They can't do anything you don't allow them to do.
Not unless you agree. Either one of you.
Your lawyer has to follow your instructions.
We're not allowed to make recommendations, but you can fine them at www.lawyers.com. That allows you to search by both location and by area of practice, which would be criminal law.
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Usually you have the amount of time you are on probation to pay off the fines. If you don't get a probation, just get a fine, then you would usually have 30 days at the most.
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She can ask for a court appointed attorney or you can hire the attorney for her.
It's better to plead not guilty until the lawyer looks into it, then follow their advice.
It's not hard to get a court appointed lawyer and it could take a little less more time to get her stuff handled. There are some good court appointed lawyers but there are also some bad ones. That's one of the advantage of hiring one because you can choose.
More time, likely.
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