Copyright © 2002 Sam Allred

 Legally you are obligated to do everything in your power to avoid a fight; to not participate in the establishment of a future meeting place for a fight; to prove that you had no opportunity to call the police; to use actions that are self-protective and not retaliatory;  to defend yourself only to the extent that is justified by the attack; and to show that you did not go beyond what was necessary for the defense of family, friends, property, or to prevent a crime. 

You are not required to leave the vicinity in which you are located to avoid difficulty although that is normally the smartest and most convenient thing to do. 

When actually attacked, you may defend yourself with any tactics that are in line with the situation.  If you  participate in a fight, be sure the other person is in the wrong, and any witnesses recognize that you had no responsibility for the situation

 Carry with you emergency numbers, i.e. police.  Always have witnesses if you get into trouble.   Always cooperate with the police since you cannot win against them.  Know your legal rights:  

In North America you have the right to remain silent (anything you say may be used against you), to know your accuser and ofwhat you are being accused, to not be mistreated mentally or physically, to contact people in your confidence or your attorney, to have said person present during testimony you give, to have assigned to you  free legal aid, to offer a translator if necessary, and more.


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