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I spoke with the prosecutor by phone and she said I could enter a plea by mail but she said the judge may not accept it. She would not tell me how to go about it. Was this bad information?
Yes I have a case pending. My first court date is 5/14/13 in Benton county with judge Pilley. I was released on $500 bail. I live in northern Illinois. I have applied for a public defender. I cannot afford an attorney. If I could I would hire an attorney and fight these charges. If I am denied a public defender I will have to plea guilty or know contest. Driving that far is a lot of money when you have none. I have contacted the Circuit Clerks office and they cannot tell me how to request to plea by mail. The prosecutor said it is possible to make the request but it may not be granted. What would be my punishment for a 3rd degree misdemeanor?
I don't believe it is considered a domestic case. My girlfriends son was abducted by his father. we had papers from an Illinois court demanding the child be turned over to his mother. The police refused to serve the papers after telling us they would. We went and took the child. The police said they had to charge us with something. They wanted to charge us with burglary but we didn't steal anything. They came up with assault 3rd degree but we didn't attack anyone. The women at the house claims to have been assaulted but she attacked my girlfriend while she was trying to flee with her son. My girlfriend didn't fight back, she ran away with her son who was grateful to be rescued. Upon being released we went to judge in Benton county with our papers from the Illinois court and he said the police were wrong not to serve them. Had we known what we were doing, we would have went to the Benton court to have the judge order the papers be served. The Benton county judge ordered the father to turn the child over and we took him home
Other than a DUI 12 years ago I have no arrests. I'm charged with Assault 3rd Deg-(3,5) Misdemeanor C