My question involves criminal law for the state of: NJ
First, forgive me for my poor english, I am brazilian and my husband is american, we've been together for 3 yrs.
My husband is an alcoholic. He had drunk too much when I beged him to stop. As he did not I turned the power down of his workshop, holping that would bring him inside the house. He did not come in and I went back there. We had an argument at the door where, of course, he called me all kinds of names. He went back inside the workshop (still with no lights) and I forced myself inside! I jumped in the dark reaching for his little fridge, got some of the Vodka and beer he had inside and tried to run away. As I was on my knee making my movement to get up he punched me on the face causing to bruise. The police came and because of the bruise they took him. He did not have to stay at the Police or pay for any bail. I made the statment that the Police asked me and said exactly what I wrote here.
He was called to Court and he plead not guilty, we were called to go again in 2 wks. I've been asking him to hire an attorney, because he said that they will put him in jail for 6 months and because of this he will never be able to get another job thru the electrician's union, but he is not mentally here.. all he does is go to work and drink.
His family has been asking me to talk to the Prosecutor and ask if would be possible to request instead jail or money if he could ask for Rehab.
I don't know what to do... do I get a Lawyer for him and ask him also about the Rehab or just ask the Prosecutor?