My question involves criminal law for the state of: Illinois.
My boyfriend and I live together. Last night his brother came over to our house drunk and wanted to hang out and spend the night. His brother and the 28 yr old nephew were the only ones drinking. Right before bedtime, he got mad at my dog and tried punching her. I got in the middle and ended up scratching him (two 1/2" marks on his face) to get him off my dog, who was trying to bite him (she didn't). My best description would be he was trying to punch around me- he never punched me directly. Is this self defense? Did I do anything illegal?
I took my 2 dogs and left and spent the night at my sisters. My boyfriend was trying to kick him out of the house when I left. I did talk to him and his 2 nephews (16 & 28, who live with us- both witnesses) when I got to my sisters. The neighbors ended up calling the police because he was yelling outside after he got thrown out. He then wanted to press charges on me for scratching him (not hitting).
I was told to call the cops today to tell my side of the story (same as nephews and boyfriend told them). I did this morning, and was told an officer would come by, when they did, they immediately read me my right and arrested me for a warrant for battery.
I never did get to tell my side, I tried in the cop car, but they turned the music up, so I shut up. I behaved civilly the whole time, and was never rude or cussed. I went to jail and bonded out. Should I try to contact the police dept. to tell my side of the story? Or just hire an attorney? I don't have a lot of money, is a public defender safe to go with?
None of us involved have ever been in any trouble previously. We live in a prominent part of town, which may explain the quick to get this over, no time for me to explain part?!?