Today is 3/25/2011, just back from court. I'll be available at the office or by phone the rest of the day.
I've recently dealt with a number of Assault offenses, here are some quick thoughts on the subject:
Assault is one serious offense. A classic assault charge will allege that you caused bodily injury to someone - that includes your spouse. Your run of the mill assault is a felony, and if you get convicted of it, you're labeled the rest of your life. As a convicted felon, good luck getting a job, a loan, or just about anything else you're used to. If you think you have any shot at fighting the charge, you should - simple as that. The effects of a felony of this type on the rest of your life are too great, and no amount of time or expense should ignored.
Depending on who it is you allegedly caused bodily injury to, any aggravated circumstances, and your criminal history, you're usually going to be looking at a 2nd (2-10 years) or 3rd degree felony (2-20). What exactly your options are can not be determined without a full examination of your case.
If you can't afford a lawyer, you can have one appointed. But let me say this very clearly - A felony assault case is a monster emotionally, physically, and mentally for you, and everyone involved. A case from start to trial can be expected to last 8-12 months at the least. With cases like these there is a lot on the line - one of them being your life as you know it. Developed defense strategy and extreme attention to detail are the only way you'll get even the slightest chance to beat the charge. If you're lawyer can not do this, or you can not afford one to do the job, you must get an appointed lawyer. Too much is on the line to go with the "lawyer special" of the week.