self defence

i put a guy in the hospital and got assault and battery he hit me first

Asked on June 10, 2009 under Criminal Law, Virginia


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

He hit you first === one fist, one punch? Did you then proceed to punch his lights out? It may have started as self defense, but you may have gone over the line.  Or, did you provoke him?

There are a lot of factors.  Do you have priors? If so, are they for assault and battery? You better consult with your public defender or, if you can afford private defense counsel, please try

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