Assault or Self-Defense?

In a physical confrontation, there’s a fine line between assault and self-defense, but the distinction is critically important since punishment for even a misdemeanor assault charge (3rd degree assault) can bring jail time. And your rights to defend your property may not extend as far as you think they do.

To help illustrate the not so clear distinction between assault and self-defense, three common but fictitious scenarios are outlined below – followed by a verdict and a brief explanation. As you read through the scenarios, try to determine if it’s assault or self-defense.

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So You Broke Probation

So you broke probation…

Despite its forgiving name, probation is not a condition to take lightly. If you’re being monitored and you break that extension of privileges, you may do more than start all over again. That said, there are legitimate reasons—for example, losing a job and not being able to afford restitution—that people just trying to get back on track violate probation. Continue reading “So You Broke Probation”