I was riding on a bus and a person came up to me and began pulling the strings of my hoodie that I was wearing. I told him to stop and he kept pulling at them. I then turned away from him so he couldn't pull them anymore, and he hit me somewhere on my head (top or back, im unsure) so I turned around and punched him one time. His lip was split and bled but there was no further damage from what I can tell.
I told him why I hit him, that I didn't want him to put his hands on me.
After that, we both sat in different places on the bus. The bus has 3 cameras that saw this incident.
I am 16 and he is the same age, maybe 17 or 18, but not younger than me. Was I wrong? Should I be worried about catching charges? If I am in the wrong, what sort of charges should I expect?
You could be charged with assault in the third degree which is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail, three years probation and or $1,000.00 fine. If convicted you would also be required to pay a surcharge, a DNA sampling fee and a victim impact fee.However, it sounds like you have a viable justification defense of self defense. If you are contacted by the police, I suggest you assert your right to remain silent and your right to counsel. If the video is favorable, you should have your lawyer send the school a letter requesting that it be preserved as potential evidence. Please note that you would unlikely end up with a criminal record even if convicted of assault in the third degree since you are probably eligable for youthful offender treatment.
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The other person was the aggressor and you reacted in self defense with appropriate physical force. A good attorney will get you off if any charges are filed, which is unlikely based on the videos. If contacted by the authorities, do not give any statements and immediately exercise your right to speak to an attorney. It would be wise to contact an attorney now, before the police contact you.
First you and the other guy/person should keep your hands to yourselves. You never know who you're messing with. Some can drop you like a stone with one punch. You have a right to self defense, but you're supposed to only use equal force. Like if you are punched you can punch back, but not pick up a stick or bat. Still you don't want to have a judge and jury deciding your fate. Learn to walk away. If you're scared, go take karate. Your teacher first day will tell you straight out, karate is only for self defense, first talk your way out of a fight, then walk away, then run, but only use force if it is the last choice. You have choices, make smart ones. Good luck.
Yes you can be charged with assault. Whether or not you have a good self-defense argument is in the details. Did he hit you in the head like a punch to hurt you or like a tap to annoy you? It sounds like this happened on a school bus and that the two of you know each other. If he was simply doing things to annoy and hit on the head was also light to annoy you, I'd say you are in the wrong here and do not have a good self defense argument. IF contacted by police, DONT speak to them without an attorney. If charged, get an attorney immediately.
Bottom line is hire an attorney if anyone contacts you about the incident. In the event that you are contacted, either you or your parents should say (without being hostile) that you wish to speak with a lawyer and do not want to make a statement. If no one contacts you, no one contacts you, then there's no charge.
You could be charged with Assault 3rd. If that happens, you retain a lawyer to raise a justification defense. With the right lawyer you should be able to walk away from this without a criminal conviction.
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