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Good morning. Yes, you can represent yourself but for a charge like this, you can ask to be appointed the public defender as well, so you can have legal representation. Your husband will be required to appear, at trial or at any necessary hearing but it would be at his sole discretion, to appear, since he would be under court order. If he fails to appear and trial and they can not find him or locate him, then the case will likely be dismissed, since they do not have the victim present to testify against you. Depending on the facts and any injury, jail time is possible but as a first time offender, if the incident was minor in nature probation is more likely.
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