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I am 61 recieving in home care by the state. My son and I have been under extreme stress. Both with mental illnesses. He was just released from in-patient treatment. I have been receiving help on an out patient basis. We just struggled and both went into a bookshelf. Where we both received injuries. He had a scrach. I received several bruises that were documented later. I have never been in trouble before. I suffer from many serious conditions. Resulting in chronic pain. I gave him a place to stay and he was moving out that night. We neither wanted to hurt each other. But resulted in my arrest. Worst part, I was denied medical care while in custody. I went as far as to say I was suicidal to get help. Was neglected and resulted in going to the ER the morning of court, with stroke symptoms. I yelled and screamed all night for help. I knew something was wrong. I have been devastated over the whole mater. Pain, depression and did not get much sleep for weeks and could not eat. To top it off I cannot talk or see my son. We are very close. I live on a disability check SSI $750 a month. I need a break I will never plead guilty of this charge. I do not believe my appointed attorney will defend me in this matter. Any suggestions or anything I can do to end this trauma. I feel sick over it. My court date is February 7th. I am truly lost. Can someone please help me? Sencerely, frantic, old and fragile

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You have a public defender. I'd say let him/her do their job. Just listen to the advice they give you and don't get lippy with the judge. Most likely (if this is a first offense) nothing will happen, just a warning.

Judges have seen everything under the sun. If you are being 100% upfront with us, then things should be OK. My only concern is how you behaved in jail--screaming all night and kicking up a fuss don't look great. Suicidal threats are taken seriously.

Try to calm down and see how things roll out. I doubt your PD will tell you to plead guilty.

Did your case go before a judge on the 7th? That was last week.

I'm 61, too. I don't feel frantic, old and fragile--maybe your mindset needs a tiny tweak. 61 is not considered old at all. Good luck with this.
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To the last question I live in Indiana!
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I contacted the attorney general and legal aid. Told them everything ,that took several phone calls and resulted in the response of nothing we can do for you! Really? Another denial.....unreal and left to question what next. My appointed attorney actually seems to be on my side and going to go forward with possible hope. I have been devastated and sometimes in denial. This is not happening. Not to mention suffering other effects from the medical condition resulting from neglect. However we as citizens are held responsible for less. I not only did not feel safe but in fear of these police officer's. All the public officials evolved here in no manner scrutinized and examined carefully the facts or asked me questions or showed any concerns. I was guilty and was treated as such. This is a story of untrained officer's that need to be accountable for being apart of elderly neglect and in all honesty abuse. I will make it my duty and challenge to get this to the right organizations and or officials. My story I hope can change make a difference in the lives of the elderly and disabled ,in cruel and unusual punishment. Thank all of you for hearing all cries for our seniors taking part of an obvious change in our communities and the men and women that are look up to and trust to serve and protect. God Bless!
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Which state are you in? Depending on where you are located, there are often free legal resources for seniors in need.
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