I'm due in court wed 7 April. Family Violence. But in need of a lawyer. Opps my bad. wrong country lol. Not much. or

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Customer: I'm due in court wed 7 April. Family Violence. But in need of a lawyer.
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: opps my bad. wrong country lol
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: not much. or nothing really. This is my 3rd assault charge on my wife and I'm just over it. I was diagnosed with Bipolar in California 2001 and deported back to New Zealand. I'm not on medication and haven't been on any ongoing meds since 2002. I haven't gone to mental health yet.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I've done Anger Management 2 times, CADS programs. I don't drink alcohol, smoke, do drugs. Last time I stood before a Judge was 2009-10 for same issue and did 400 hrs community service.
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Customer
kool ok
Customer
sorry mate think I made a mistake.
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

This could be a problem as it is the 3rd offence. With restorative justice and perhaps a psychiatric report you could avoid a jail sentence

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The key would be your wife's views on sentence and explaining if you are getting medical treatment

Customer
Thanks mate appreciate it. Yes my wife is for me to get help and carry on.
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You will need an experienced criminal lawyer-do you have one as yet?

Customer
No I don't.
Customer
last time I stood before a Judge was 2009/10? then haven't got into any trouble since until this.... My wife had a protection order in place also so doesn't look good. she said that I said " I'll kill her and her family" which I told the officers I didn't. Which is 7 years. So I'm preparing for the worse.
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I was diagnosed in California, riverside, USA in 2001with Bipolar I tried to fight the cops and got shot with a rubber 40mm steel cap bullet. And spent 3 weeks in psychiatric unit over there.
Customer
Im a NZ born Tongan, born Auckland back in 1978. So yea. I'm probably looking at time inside.
Customer
Thanks for your advice mate.
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

You can dispute the facts, but as you acknowledge the protection order will not help your position. So an early guilty plea, and the support of your wife may keep you out of jail. Do you need a referral to a local lawyer?

Customer
I may need it.
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

What city/suburb?

Customer
South Auckland/Otahuhu
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Would you like criminal legal aid-you could try the Public Defender in Manukau for that

Customer
it's alright mate I'll get one. Thank you for the help. much appreciated.
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I hope it works out

Customer
Yea I hope so to. God sees and hears me. Thanks mate.
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Glad to help

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