Can self defense justify an assault? 2 Answers as of April 15, 2015

I was involved in a bar fight earlier this week. I have never even been in a fight before and do NOT have a criminal record. I didn't even start the fight. One of the guys knocked into me and started assaulting me so of course I hit him back. The cops totally ignored my statements and arrested me anyway. Wasn't this exactly what self-defense is? I need to fight this, I don't want anything on my record.

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Barton Barton & Plotkin
Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
Yes this sounds like self defense. You need to hire a good criminal defense lawyer.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 4/15/2015
Rothstein Law PLLC
Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
You have a defense. The police tend to just arrest and let the court system deal with it. Is there surveillance? I have a case right now involving an incident in a club and I got the surveillance which refutes the claim against my client.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 4/15/2015
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