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Asked on: 9/13/06, 6:22 pm

Self-defense turned into a felony assault charge

My husband was on a job site in FL. (We live in GA.) A contract worker had been giving him trouble; verbal abuse and threatening to find him and beat him up. Later in the week, the contractor told my husband he was going to beat him up and he better fight back, because only p**ssies don't fight back. My husband had a small boxcutter in his hand. (He carries it as part of his job.) He told the contracter that if he had to hit him, that was fine, but if he hit my husband that he'd defend himself with the boxcutter. The argument was broken up and the parties dispersed to their respective hotel rooms. My husband's job told him not to leave the hotel room and he'd be on the first flight back to GA in the morning. He was fired that following Monday as was the contractor. Months later, he's arrested on an extradition charge of felony assualt with a deadly weapon/ attempted battery. After 11 days of jail, he's released on bond and now faces a trial. He has no felonies on his record and we're facing the reality that this could ruin the rest of his life. He filed charges to be vindictive since he lost his job. Our witnesses live in GA and refused to lose work to come down and testify. How screwed are we? Our public defender is not helping.

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