Hello, I am a 20 year old male and have been in a relationship with my girlfriend for almost a year. We have been living in our current apartment for just over 5 months now. On Sept 4th 2005 we had a heated arguement, where I lost my cool and was threatening to damage some of her possesions if she left and went out for the night. During the process I smashed a beer bottle. She called the police, and when they arrived, they talked to us seperatly. An officer asked her if she had any bruises and she showed him a bruise that was on her arm from me hitting her on the arm about 3 or 4 days prior to this night, from us goofing around. We were not in a fight or arguement to my memory when she recieved the bruise. I was arrested and brought to jail, charged with domestic assault. Apparently she also had bruises on her legs that I believe she stated were from me punching her also, which is not true! Why would I punch her in the legs and how? (She bruises incredibly easy and always has bruises somewhere on her body, wether it be from work, or being intimate, etc) I was released the next morning and was allowed to return to our apartment under the conditions that I do not harass annoy molest or physically intefere with her. Since this has happened our relationship has been much better. We have been getting along great and helping eachother out with alot of different things. My question or concern is, what is going to happen to me? I have never been charged with a crime before, arrested, or even inside a police car. I don't officially have a lawyer right now but I have talked to one who told me to look for him at my court date. A woman from victims service has had a meeting with my girlfriend and they said they were both going to have a meeting with the crown and push for a program called early intervention, which is basiclly a conseling/therapy program. Also, since this has happened, the police have been back here once, over a little mishap and disturbance between my gf and I. I was the one who phoned them, but nothing happened because of it. Both myself and my girlfriend just want this to be done with and I want nothing more then to have my life normal again. I am so worried about what will happen I can barely sleep. My court hearing is on thr 19th of this month. Can anyone PLEASE provide me with some advice guidance or info on what will most likely happen to me? Is there a chance the crown may order me to leave? I would have nowhere to go, and I'm not a wealthy person. I plan on going back to college once I pay off my student debt this year but would be unable to if I have a criminal record. Is there anything I can do to further educate or defend myself on this matter? Can my girlfriend do anything to help me? She would be willing but this is out of her hands, since she isnt the one charging me. Any info would be appreciated, I'm a normal person and a good person. I have no history of any violent behaviour whatsoever and this expierience has really helped change me into a better person. Also, I have no seen or read the police report or statements from my gf. Thanks in advance and godbless.