State v. M.A.

Ibrahim Jamal Awad

Case Conclusion Date:April 27, 2013

Practice Area:Criminal Defense

Outcome:Not Guilty

Description:The law does not require that any of us stand by and allow another person to physically harm us. The law allows each and every one of us to use whatever force necessary to defend ourselves when we have a reasonable belief that we are under attack. When the alleged victim attacked M.A. in his house, M.A. did what he believed was necessary to protect himself. 150 lbs, 5 foot 5, 16-year-old versus 200 lb. 18-year-old. When the two hundred pound frame came rushing towards M.A., his heart began to pound, terror overcame him. After enduring multiple blows to his side, M.A. was finally able to rid himself of a headlock and grabs the closest object he could find, a metal pole. M.A.'s single blow was reasonable. It was justified. And it was done in self‐defense.