San Francisco, CA asked in Domestic Violence for California

Q: What action should I take if I am possibly being charged as the perpetrator in a domestic violence case

I was actually the victim and only defending myself, I have pictures to prove I was being pinned up against my car when the incident occurred, I was not aware the cops were even called until they had already gone. I am on DISSABILITY and can not afford to pay a lawyer..No one has even gotten my side of what happened. I was actually in the process of leaving California to go back home to Florida.. It has taken me months of preparation and dealing with this abuse because I was stuck here in Cali while awaiting charges on a dui in which was put on virtual probation for 12 months and was finally given the go ahead to return to Florida, now I’m stuck here even longer possibly being subjected to even more abuse because if they are putting charges on me and I leave then my DISSABILITY will be taken from me. I have lied to the cops on 3 separate occasions to protect him because I do not wish for him to get any charges on his record and lose his job or career

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James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
Answered
  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Speak with a lawyer who will defend you, that's the first action you should take. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: the first thing you should do is set up a consultation with a local criminal lawyer, and if you can't afford one ask for a public defender.

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