Self-defense can be a valid defense against assault charges in New York, but there are many factors that have to be weighed in presenting a strong case for it.
A jury will need to believe that the force used was proportional to the threat, and that you did not initiate or continue to antagonize the assault in question.
The laws surrounding the use of self-defense in New York are complex, but where a strong case can be made that you were attacked, or that you attempted to withdraw from an attack and the other party persisted in the attack, grounds for self defense can be established with the help of a criminal defense attorney.
The criminal defense team at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino helps clients who are charged with all levels of assault and all circumstances of assault, including domestic violence.
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