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Did i discuss this with you earlier?
As we discussed in the other question there are a range of possibilities, including a discharge without conviction, possibly even a diversion, but if you do get convicted this is likely to be a fine or community work.
But because of the risk to your Visa as a student, you really should get a lawyer as soon as possible and have a full discussion about the possibilities
No problem, I hope this gets resolved so you can continue your study
That is something you should discuss with a lawyer, in person with all the facts. We didnt talk about diversion before. Do you know about this and was it discussed when you went to court?
Police diversion is a scheme for first offenders. If diversion is offered by the police this means you have to pay a small fine or do community work but you do not get a criminal conviction, and the charge is withdrawn from court. To see if diversion is available, you need to contact the police prosecutor who is dealing with your case and ask if this is a possibility. Sometimes for domestic violence cases diversion is not available.
Yes, and tell them you are asking about diversion so they will understand why you want to talk to them
yes you can do this
You can ask now as it will help the lawyer if they know about diversion
Glad to help again
They often get calls about diversion, so they may even expect a call like this. It wont add to your fines
Yes, just say you have heard about diversion and ask if you are eligible
Yes that sounds positive
I think so
Probably not if you get offered diversion and complete it
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That is correct
They will tell you what to do when you call them
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That doesnt always affect whether the police proceed or not, but will be important for diversion. If they tell the police you dont want to give evidence now and have forgiven you, then that will help diversion
They have a lot of work, and sometimes just take time
yes, that should be OK
If you have a non association clause in your bail you must not contact him in any way
You must not reply as that is a breach of bail. You need to be careful to respect the bail terms
If you have answered any of the messages that would be a breach of bail, so best not to raise the issue
Then perhaps show these to the police when you discuss diversion, if you feel this would help, but be careful
He can legally send you messages but you cannot respond, as you know