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Asked on: 4/09/05, 10:26 am

Self Defense

My family and I were being harrassed from other people in our apartment building because we busted one of them for child pornography. They made it so my whole family was afraid to even come out of our apartment. The police would do nothing but say ''stay away from them'' even when told we know that they are going to attack us.One night,one guy finaly jumped me from behind held me in a choke hold and continuously punched me in my left temple.We struggled and fell to the ground when he was about to hit me again.I felt my life was in serious danger, so I struck him twice in the face. Despite the fact that we have statements from witnesses(even from ones against me)stating the he attacked me, they want to put me in jail for 5 to 10 years. He only had a puffed up eye and fractured his shoulder from when we fell. I have no record and never have been in a fight. Yet my lawyer tells me I was wrong for defending myself and should have let him hit,and only should have blocked the punches,although that was impossible. All evidense is against the attacker, they are still tying to prosecute me for only defending my life. When I ask my lawyer about it being my right to defend my life, he said ''yeah only in certain cases. Is this true?

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