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I am possibly going to be charged with common assault i am

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i am possibly going to be charged with common assault i am out on bail at the moment and i have to report back on the 23rd i refused a solicitor when i was arrested because i was i think in shock that it had happened now i really dont know what will happen next
i have been out of work for three monthes but have now just started full time employment but i have no savings
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

How can I help with this please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
three ways if possible
1/what is likely to happen next this is my first offence
2/would you think i could get help with costs or even free
3/would you recommend that i get legal help
thank you
s webster
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.


What are the facts alleged please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
about 7 weeks ago myself and my fiance caroline sharp were arguing in the bedroom i went out the door was accused of running away i turned back caroline was stood in doorway i pushed past she went backwards and hit the wardrobe hard alos hurting her foot she ended up on the floor she cried out in obvious pain i picked her up and said i was sorry repeatedly
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Sorry for the delay.

What are the injuries please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
bruising to shoulder and foot as far as i can remember i cant ask Caroline due to the bail conditions
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
a cut arm sorry forgot
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

OK. You will not get custody but this is too serious for a fine or a conditional discharge. It will be a community order of some form or another.

If you are in work then you are not likely to get legal aid although if you are having a trial then they will appoint somebody to cross examine the complainant for free.

Generally it is better to be represented. You should have had the solicitor you were offered at the police station.

Can I clarify anything for you?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How much approximately would a solicitor cost
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

It depends on whether you get legal aid with a contribution. A private paying arrangement entirely could be expensive. In excess of £1k I would expect.

A barrister under public access to do the trial would be cheaper.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How can i find out if i can get any sort of legal aid and is it too late my bail ends on tuesday
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is it possible to answer my previous question thank you
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

The only way to get to the bottom of that is to apply.

Generally if you earn over £12k you will not.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i have now been charged with assault by beating caroline and im a little concerned that the police used the word beating as that is not what i said happened they said when i questioned them about this it was how they had to phrase this ,is this true
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Yes, it just means any application of force.

The alternative is an assault by apprehension which didn't happen here.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
great thank you