Man came in my yard harassed me and i pushed him no he is charging me with 2nd degree assault is this legal?

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Man came in my yard harassed me and i pushed him no he is charging me with 2nd degree assault is this legal?

Man and his family claim i hurt my dog, he came into my yard, started shouting and cursing in front of my 4-yr old, didn’t leave after 1st warning, got in my face and dared my to make him leave my protperty, i pushed him as a warning to leave and not to act that way infront of my children, he threatened that he would get me out of here. Animal control found no sign of harm to the animal and police noted he admitted to comin on my property. He told the officers that he wanted my arrested. I wasn’t now he’s filing 2nd degree assault is this legal? Can I press charges for trespaasing, harasment?

Asked on June 8, 2009 under Criminal Law, Maryland

Answers:

R.S.T., Member, NY Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

If what your describing is true, then it appears you acted in self-defense: of your property, your self, and your child.  I'd file a restraining order against him first in court for what he did. And his claims seem to be baseless unless, of course, you somehow provoked him to come unto your property.


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