My question involves restraining orders in the State of: California
A few months ago I filed an Order to Show Cause for Contempt on a Domestic violence restraining order. Today was the arraignment and my husband pled not guilty and a trial date was set for January. The judge told me as the petitioner I will be held to the same standard as the DA for prosecution and I cannot have a lawyer substitute in for me. Does this mean I am not allowed to retain a lawyer at all for assistance? And what does it mean when the judge says I'm held to the same standards as the DA? If I'm not allowed to retain a lawyer I just want to make sure I'm prepared as best as possible. If I am allowed to have a lawyer would I need a family law attorney or a criminal law attorney?