Chicago, IL asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Illinois

Q: My boyfriend is bipolar and wasn't taking his meds. He ended up assaulting me. Can I work with his lawyer to hel

So my boyfriend is bipolar and can become manic. He ended up assaulting me pretty bad. My family took me to the hospital were I found out I had a broken nose, two black eyes, a chiped tooth and bruises from head to toe. They pressured me to make report which I did but I thought I could drop the charges later because he just really needs help. The state picked it up. He already did 10 years for assaulting another girl friend before but they didn't know he was bipolar at the time. I have been trying to get ahold of his lawyer so I can help him but I am not sure if that is a good idea. I want to tell him what happened and help create a defense but I don't want the lawyer to ill advise me or use what I share against me. Please help oh wise ones

1 Lawyer Answer
Dan Nold
Dan Nold
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • McHenry, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Victims of domestic violence have rights pursuant to Marsy's Law. Those include the right to hire an attorney and be informed of everything going on in the case and the ability to make a statement to the judge. You should consult with an attorney who represents victims of domestic violence in your local jurisdiction for representation.

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