My question involves criminal law for the state of: California.
I'm a minor, 17 years old. In May my boyfriend (whom is 18) beat the crap out of me. I didn't fight back. My father took me to the hospital and I filed a police report and got a temporary protective order against him. He was arrested and then released 2 days later. He got a restraining order against me, but I chose not to get one against him. We've got court on the 21st, I have a subpoena to appear as a witness. It's him against the state (I didn't press charges). I think his defense is that he didn't take his medication that week. We've been talking to one another since the incident. He hasn't taken the two plea bargains he's been offered since May, so he's trying to "prove" he's innocent. No one wants to see him get convicted. I believe he just needs therapy and probation. My question is if there's any way to save this. If I said I filed a false police report because I was drunk, or if I was drunk and can't remember the events that took place, what would happen to me? Keep in mind that I'm a minor and I have committed a felony once and had to do community service and probation. Don't know if that information helps or not.
Yes, I once thought he did deserve to be put away, but I, along with others, have realized that isn't the best option. It was very stupid of him to pass up the plea bargains offered. He doesn't belong in jail. Therapy and anger management classes would do well for him. I want cold hard facts.