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I had a fight with my girlfriend a while back - we were both

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hi,
I had a fight with my girlfriend a while back - we were both intoxicated and it got so out of hand, that I lost control and punched her in the face once when she stormed at me after which police was called.
I have given my statement of what happened while in police detention and am currently on bail. I will have to go back to the station in a couple of days.
My girlfriend went to the hospital to got an xray and it her face was bruised but nothing broken etc.
She also decided not to press charges.
I have had no prior offences or contact with the police.
Can you please advise of the possible and likely outcome?
Thank you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Has she made a statement?Has she done this before?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
I'm just travelling home but I will pick up in two hours if that is ok?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
she gave a statement. Done what before?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Called the police to a domestic squabble?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Do the police have evidence of her injury? I'm just off but I'll pick up at the other end of that is ok?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am not in late r- can I come back here to check your answer? The police have a photo and took her to the hospital.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
fine. Just pick up whenever you can.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
It is probably all going to turn into a common assault. Unfortunately she will have made a statement and they have evidence of her injuries. They will also refer her to Women’s Aid who will encourage her to believe that she is the victim of long term systematic abuse and that you are a monster that eats babies. I wouldn’t plead guilty. The pressure is really on her to turn up and give evidence. She may well not be happy about that. The pressure will be brought to bear on her from the police and from these domestic violence support workers who should all get proper jobs in my opinion. If she doesn’t give evidence they will probably summons her. Whether she answers the summons is another matter. If she doesn't it is game over. If she does give evidence or is about to then you will probably have to plead guilty. On a first offence though there is not going to be a much consequence. It certainly wouldn’t lead to custody. Don’t take the pressure off her by pleading early though. Even if she ultimately wins she will not be enjoying this experience. You let her sort this out. Can I clarify anything for you? Jo
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
this all sounds very extreme - as things stand, I believe she will not provide evidence upon summoned - she has told the police multiple times she wants to retract her statement. I am worried about what will happen upon returning to the police station. I think I have already plead guilty - I admitted to punching her after she almost banged in my door and i opened it, so i wouldnt break - then she stormed towards me and I punched her once.Can I take any actions against the police?Can you clarify the following scenarios in terms of consequences for me::she gives evidence
she does not give evidenceThank you.Best,
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
If you have admitted to punching her then it is game over. This should have been a no comment interview. There is an outside chance of a caution but not likely and even that is not good I'm afraid.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
It apprentice matter whether she gives evidence or not. You've
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Admitted the offence.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
what could the outcome look like? What's usually the sentence in such cases?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
On a first offence though there is not going to be a much consequence. It certainly wouldn’t lead to custody.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok, do you think it is likely that I will have to go to court?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
it is inevitable. You have admitted the offence.There is an outside chance of a caution but not likely.I'm happy to continue with this but please rate my answer.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Why is the caution not likely, given that it is the first offence and I was remorseful?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Also, what would a likely outcome in court be?