My question involves criminal law for the state of: Indiana.
I was arrested about a week ago and I am very confused and scared about what is happening. My boyfriend and I were arguing and his 13 year old daughter was with us. We had pushed each other around a little not really hurt each other but I had a bruise on my hand and he had a red mark on his face. During the course of the arguement things had gotten thrown and the next thing we hear is his daughter say something hit her and she was calling the police. When they arrived I specifical heard my boyfriend say that I didn't do anything to him and I said the same for me. The officer told me he was arresting me for "juvenile battery." I was taken to jail and did not recieve a bond for 3 days in which i posted it as soon as I recieved it. The day before they had called me down and made me sign a protective order against my boyfriend. I was very confused I though any order would be against his daughter. Also on the order was when i learned my charges were 2 d felonies, domestic battery and battery with bodily injury. My boyfriend was immediately furious and went to the prosecuters office and filed paperwork to drop the no contact order (which they also told us will stay in effect for 60 days no matter what which is difficult because we both live together and have no extra money and no where for either of us to go causing us to constantly live in fear that we are going to get caught together). He even refuses to fill out the victim impact statement that they sent to him. I have to go to court thursday for the preliminary hearing in which i am just going to ask for a public defender. My only worry for that date is where to tell them i live being scared that they wont let us both use the same mailing address. I just don't understand why i got charged the way i did and i have no idea what the consequences are or the chances of me being found guilty. all i have ever been convicted of before was 2 criminal mischief charges about four years ago. I've had a steady job for the past year, i already enrolled in a non-violence group (that the no contact order said i had to sign up for), annd i bring the most money to the house and pay most of the bills. can any one give me any advice?