My friend, whom I will call Anya, is of Ukrainian extraction. Of course, as a long time person who has participated in family court proceedings I do not consider anything at all "not a problem"--any time you appear in Court, any kind of Court, guilty or innocent you have a problem and, in my opinion, no matter what you are going in for, you have to be on high alert the moment you walk through the door until you leave.
Despite the supervised visitation, she had arranged by email to speak to her children after school. So she parked her car outside the school building. The kids were standing there with their bicycles waiting to speak to her as she started to cross the street. Then the Father sped around the corner, his car at high speed and rammed into her car, thoroughly totaling it.
Bill explained that Anya would have an opportunity to speak to the judge and state her wishes and the opposing side would present any mitigating factors they believed should affect the extent of the penalty. I asked Bill whether he would be assisting Anya in making her statement. Bill said no he couldn’t do that because Anya has an attorney. I said, as far as I know she does not have any attorney. Bill insisted that Anya had an attorney.