Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania

Q: I am 15 years old. I’ve never been to court but I have to go very soon for fighting. I used self defense. What do I do ?

This girl wanted to fight me because I was dating her ex boyfriend that she had cheated on. She came to me and told me she wanted to fight. I told her it was stupid and that I didn’t want to. I followed her into the bathroom with the intention to talk. She hit me first and I hit her back using self defense. I have to go to court very soon because of it and I don’t know what they’re gonna ask me or how I should treat that situation. Got any tips or advice ?

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Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Exton , PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Say what your attorney tells you to say. Self defense isnt as simple as she hit me first, therefore, I get to hit her. Its a justification defense that is easily rebuttable by a DA using some of the facts you have declared on the internet. Your best bet is not to speak to anyone but an experienced local professional who can confidentially hear all the facts and help you attack their case.

FYI, there are no magic words that make cases go away. Usually, it takes a lot of preparation and hard work.

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