Two weekends ago one of the members of my church, a single mother, was arrested for simple assault. She was involved in an incident where her VERY rebellious 17-year-old son was involved in a fight with a neighbor’s 16-year-old son. The situtation is this. There were some heated words exchanged between the two young men and a fight ensued. According to witnesses, the neighbor’s son jumped from a slowly moving vehicle being driven by his mother and attacked the 17-year-old. Seeing that a fight had started, the mother of the 16-year-old stopped the vehicle and also attacked the 17-year-old. The lady from my church hearing the commotion looked out her window and seeing the mother and son beating on her son, she ran to his aid. Arriving at the fight she grabbed the mother of the 16-year-old by her shirt and threw her to the ground. A few moments later two men arrived and separated the fighting boys. The police were called and due to conflicting stories they arrested everyone involved. I was called and I went to the sheriff’s office where I bailed out the single mother and her 17-year-old son. In the two weeks since the incident I spent many hours counseling and comforting the mother. Needless to say she is very upset about the whole situtation. Her son on the hand just laughs it off. My question is this. The mother has asked me if she should plead guilty or not guilty at her arraignment. In the eyes of the law she knows that she is guilty of assaulting the other lady. However she also knows that in her heart she was just trying to protect her son. If she pleads guilty she could receive 93 days in jail and a $500 fine. Any advice???