My question involves criminal law for the state of: Georgia
On Saturday my husband and I were drinking and he was drinking more than I was. We fought, and it went outside. The neighbors called police after he (allegedly) pulled my hair and locked me out-no bruises, blood, visible marks. I am not condoning what he did but I have been with him over nine years and this is a first time anything like this has ever happened. I do not want jail time for him, I want him to come home, and I want counseling and for him to go to AA.
My questions are these:
Do I have the right to refuse to testify at the arraignment (I have a suponea) and if it goes to trial based upon marriage? If I refuse to testify how will the court proceed? All I want is like I said above (probation is acceptable too).
How can I appeal to the solicitor that I do not want to proceed? I understand it is out of my hands and itís the state but I believe as the alleged victim that what I think is best for my family should be taken into account.
How do I appeal to the solicitor to modify the no contact bond to:
1) Allow me to call him to discuss custodial issues re: kid including visitation meet times (public place), school and medical concerns as well as letting our kid talk to their father. (The no contact does not include the child only me)
2) To allow for us to meet for family counseling
3) To allow for him to return home until the arraignment due to the financial difficulties being place upon my family (he is unemployed right now and I can't pay for two places for shelter nor food)
Finally, how can I contact the public defender for husband in order to see what the options are? I don't want him to plead guiltily unless itís with the provisions I stated above with counseling and AA. I tried to call the county public defender office but they would only release to husband.
Any help would be nice, no one is telling me anything and I can't afford to consult an attorney on my behalf so I understand the process.