My 15 year old son got into a fight with another student from his school and now (aprox.2-3 months later) the boys parents have filed assault charges on my son. The other boy threw the first punch so how can they file assault charges on my son? Wouldn't that be self defense on my sons part rather than assault? I have received some papers from the court mentioning the word diversion and having to pay a particular amount in order to keep my son from being sent to juvinile hall? How can he be sent to juvinile hall when he hasn't even been formally charged with assault, charges have only been filed by the other parent. What do I need to do in response to these charges filed on my son? What steps do I need to take for this type of thing? I am at a loss and don't understand all the legal jargon in the documents I received. Please advise.
Thank you ~