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I was threatened and assaulted and pulled out a pocket knife to defend my self. Can I get in trouble for that?

Ellenboro, NC |

A person threatened to kill me and started punching me in the back of the head. I tried to get away and he pulled me back. He punched me in the face and i pulled out my pocket knife and opened it. He continued to punch me in the face causing my arms to sway and i nicked his pants scratching his leg then dropped my knife. He stepped back and pulled his pocket knife out. I picked up my knife and ran into the woods and called the police. I feared for my life and used me knife for self defence to scare him. Can i get in trouble. What will his charges be?

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You need to do two things. First, contact an attorney to speak with them in detail about the incident. Second, make no statements to anyone ESPECIALLY the police if they come calling. Your attorney will tell you the same thing. If he doesn't, find another attorney.

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You could get in trouble and charged with a serious offense. However, it sounds like you also could not get charged at all since this sounds like kind of a shady character that may have not followed up with the police. If you get charged, you definitely have a self-defense claim here but need to speak with an attorney immeditately.

There is no confidentiality on this forum. Talk to an attorney immediately. If the police come looking for you, tell them you are not answering any questions whatsoever until you speak with an attorney.

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