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I have been Subpoenaed to testify against my ex husband. At…

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I have been Subpoenaed to testify against my ex husband. At first I said I would and I pressed the charges but what the detective and prosecutor said would happen hasn’t!

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is this in? And can you tell me a little more about the charge?

Michigan, yes

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

My ex husband got back to ofether right after the divorce. We have been together for 18 years. He was charged with domestic violence against me. I know a lot of woman say this but he has never hit me before now. Plus honestly I completely made things worse. I know he is having anger issues due to having no license and because of his felony not being able to get a job. I am supporting the family and he is a hard worker. They told me they would mandate anger management, concealing and probation. Also, said he would PR out or a small bond and the prosecutor asked for a very large bong, the judge dropped it down. Anyone who knows me knows I would never accept being hit. He is sitting in jail now I have been subpoenaed for court to testify on 3/14 and honestly I don’t want to since they lied to me to get me to press the charges, statin he would get help

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I am sorry to hear about this situation. While normally there is a spousal privilege, it does not apply in cases of domestic abuse. Which means that someone in your situation has to appear. What you will testify to - that is your decision. But there is no choice to appear if subpoenaed, I am afraid.

The DA has you as their star witness. Meaning if you do not appear or renege on the version of events you provided to the police, then the case may fail. Of course there is then the chance of the DA filing charges of obstruction of justice, so one needs to walk that line carefully.

if you wish to help, then one wants to contact his attorney. His attorney will then tell you what you can do to help. If the DA sees that their star witness is on the defense's side, they may drop the charges.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Can I plead the fifth without getting in trouble
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
OKC at work my phone is forwarded is there a number I can call you at
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The Fifth Amendment can only be plead if your testimony will result in criminal liability. So if this is the case, then perhaps. This is dangerous, however.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
It’s ok, how do you mean dangerous? Honestly I did hit him to. I told the police this though.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
What do you mean by criminal liability?

I mean, you can be sanctioned by the Court if you refuse to testify on the 5th Amendment, but cannot show how it applies. You may be charged with blocking an investigation, filing a false report, perverting justice, etc, by changing your story in Court.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Ok, so not much I can do at this point even though they lied to me about what would happen to get me to testify.

I am afraid not. However, do consider talking to his attorney, as he may be able to help you find a loophole not to testify, or at least to legally testify but in a more favorable light to your husband.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
He is getting or got a court appointed attorney, how would I find out who his lawyer is

You can call the court and ask the court reporter - it is public record.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Ok, thank you

No problem. Good luck.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
They said I could not have contact with his lawyer

Who did?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I asked for the court reporter a lady came on asked his name and my name and said I couldn’t have contact with the lawyer

Okay - you asked another question so please, can you reply with the same thing on that thread? Do you know how to get to it from your screen?

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