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Can I get arrested for defending myself?

Someone came at me and I had to hit him to defend myself because I was afraid for my life. I don't want to get in trouble for protecting myself.

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    Vincent C. Machroli | Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C.
    High Point Plaza
    Hillside, IL 60162-1949
    (708) 449-7400
    It's possible you could be arrested. To be safe you should make arrangements now with someone who would agree to bail you out of jail if that happens. Once you're out you should schedule a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Once the case is resolved to your satisfaction, you'll be glad you paid the money to hire her/him & properly protect your legal rights.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 3/20/2013
    Aaron Black | Aaron Black Law
    3219 E. Camelback Rd.
    Phoenix, AZ 85018
    (480) 729-1683
    You can definitely get arrested. Once arrested and charged you then have to defend yourself in court. Your defense to the charge is "self Defense."
    Answer Applies to: Arizona - Replied: 3/19/2013
    Charles M. Schiff | Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    925 South First Street
    St Cloud, MN 56301
    (320) 259-0699
    Yes, you can be arrested and you can be charged. Self- defense is an affirmative defense that you must raise. You are effectively saying , yes, I struck the person but I was legally justified because it was necessary to my self-defense. If you do not raise self-defense, it is not necessarily taken into account.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota - Replied: 3/19/2013
    Maury Beaulier | Beaulier Law Office
    5775 Wayzata Blvd # 700
    Minneapolis, MN 55416
    (612) 240-8005
    You could be charged with assault. Whether it was self defense is a defense to be raised in the case and at trial.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota - Replied: 3/19/2013
    Landon Ascheman | Ascheman & Smith
    500 LAUREL AVE
    SAINT PAUL, MN 55102
    (612) 217-0077
    Yes, you can be arrested and forced to defend your actions in court. In such a situation, I recommend hiring a criminal defense attorney in your area.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota - Replied: 3/19/2013
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