Q: I had a loud discussion/fight with my wife at home.
Somebody called the police. They took me to jail. After 3 hours I paid $50 and they left me go because no one had bruises or signal of violence. They told me my wife didn't present charges but the city. Now I have to go to court with a Judge. What should I expect during this appointment. I cannot talk to my wife or visit the house. Should I talk to a lawyer or Am I overreacting? I have never been in jail in my whole life 54 years.
A: You should absolutely consult with and hire a lawyer. You are being charged with a domestic violence crime. Prosecutors and judges take these crimes very seriously and the penalties can include jail time, counseling, and the no contact order with your wife.
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