Legal Question in Criminal Law in Alabama

I recently went to court in Chilton County,AL on a domestic violence charge where my brother had called 911 on me to get EMS to come check out me mentally and I ended getting arrested. The state subpeaoned my wife to court and she didn't call 911 and in court she told them I wasn't threatening or trying to harm anyone. My brother was worried about me hurting myself. The Deputy lied under oath first off. Also I asked for a court appointed attorney and the Judge and DA said I didn't need an attorney. Now I am having to go to anger management classes,drug test and monthly monitoring. I am on disability and only $1090.00 a month and struggle month to month trying to raise a 5 year old and an 8 month old. I can't afford to be paying the courts almost $1500.00 in the next couple of months. Is there anything I can do to get this thrown out of court since I wasn't given a lawyer and was falsely arrested and the deputy lied under oath.

Asked on 6/06/11, 5:15 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Mari Morrison Mari Morrison

You should be able to file an appeal which would cause it to go to circuit court where you would have a jury. and yes you should have been given an attorney because you could possibly spend time in jail. Your wife did not have to testify because of the spousal immunity provision.

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Answered on 6/08/11, 6:29 pm

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