I was assaulted yesterday at a VA public storage facility while I was with my wife, 6-year daughter and my 73-year old by another customer of that facility over him wanting to get the push carts from us. He cursed at me and wife and then eventually made a fist to my wife and in my effort to stop the possible assault to my wife, I tried to stop the guy but he instead hit me and hist fist landed on my left eyebrow and left side of my nose bridged. I pushed him back but then he started throwing more punches and was I was to kick me and eventually I fell down on the ground. I tried to get back up on my feet quickly because I was concerned that he might attach my wife and while all of these is happening, my daughter saw and heard all of it and she cried a lot. My old Dad tried to comfort her. Eventually me and wife was able to push him back. This guy is 6 feet tall/168 lbs while me and my wife were only a bit over 5 feet tall. At that point, I was able to dial 911 from my cell and ask for police assistance.Police has taken our statements and we were advised to go to the VA Magistrate to file a complaint
. We were told by the police officers that he is also going to file charges against us. The magistrate has ordered a warrant of arrest for the aggressor.
Now, my questions are the following:
1. Do I need to have my own lawyer during our set court
date/hearing? I was told by the magistrate that I don't have to since the state will be have prosecutors who will be pursuing this case.
2. In the complaint form, it was only me who's the victim since I was the only who was physically hit. I was thinking if my wife (and daughter) should have been in it since, though they were not hit, they were distressed and threatened during those moments? I am really really much more concerned for my daughter, though she is trying not to show fear I know she was really terrified. Should I have a child counselor or child psychologist talk to her to make sure she is not haunted by this or affected in some other ways?
3. Since I have been told that he is also filing charges, what should I expect and prepare for?
4. While the state is pursuing this as a criminal
case, is it worth pursuing this in a civil case? My injuries wasn't that bad according to the medical doctor that I went to(no broken bones only concussion and a swollen left shin) but the distress, fear and pyschological effects he did to my wife and specially to my daughter is really what is making me angry.
5. Since both me and the aggressor are customers in that storage facility, the likelyhood that we will see each is there. Most of the time, I have my wife and daughter with me when we take our stuff to and from our storage unit. Can I request from the court some protection in that regard? If yes, what is the right legal term for such so I can properly tell it to the state prosecutor?