Okay kinda long story but i am in search for some helpful advice.
On july 4th Michelle and I (my girlfriend) Were driving back from watching fireworks on our way to dinner, While driving we incurred an area that had a great deal of traffic, At the time i was driving my Land Rover. It was stop and go traffic and finally it picked up, I got up to about 15-20MPH and just then all the sudden the guy in front of me SLAMS his brakes for pedestrians crossing a crosswalk, I had to swerve into the oncoming lane to avoid hitting him, I was honked at several times but didnt do any damage or injure anyone, I was quite shaken up so as soon as i could i got back into the lane and turned off a side road into a community.
I was then Followed in by another car that was literally two inches from my bumper all the way to a stop sign, As soon as i stopped, The vehicle behind me swerved to the left and slammed his brakes and stopped right next to my vehicle. The drivers wife proceeded to start yelling at me and saying i put her and her families life in danger, I calmly explained to her that i didnt have time to brake and in order to avoid an accident i had to do what i did, She then gave me a dumb look and started to kinda calm down, At that point her husband gets out and runs to my side of the vehicle and proceeds to put his hands around my neck and start to choke me, Literally cutting off the air, I lifted my fist but did not throw a punch, He then let go as the communities security pulled up and broke up the fight, He started to go back to his car and i got out of my vehicle and started yelling at this guy, Security told me to get back in my vehicle and i compiled. The man got back into his vehicle, Screamed "Fuck you People" as he peeled off with his wife and kids in the vehicle.
I stayed and Michelle and i called Denver County Police and waited and filled out witness forms, A warrant was put out for this man because thankfully security got his plate as he drove away. All three security guards filled statements with us and then we were let go. Over the next few months he was eventually arrested and i was contacted by several people from the courts, I filed a victim compensation statement and now last night i received three letters from the District attorney, 1 stating he plead Not guilty another saying there was a motions hearing set for February 2 and a supeona for the trial on February 15th. Michelle also recieved a supeona and im sure the security guards did it.
Oh and just a little bit about myself, I am a 19 year old male with Cystic Fibrosis, A chronic Lung disease that makes it hard to believe and i wear oxygen at night. At first the DA said he was going to file a Felony Victim at Risk but then was dropped down to a M1 Third degree assault? Is that the worst misdemeanor you can get or the least?
I guess my question is, What kind of lawyer can i get to Sue this man? And should i start the process now or wait until he is found Guilty? I plan on suing him for the emotional and physical damage. Any idea on what this guy might get criminal wise?
Sorry for the long read, Thanks for any help, Advice or kind words in general in advance!