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Is It Considered Assault If I Was Defending Myself?

In Ohio, assault is defined as recklessly or knowingly causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another. The act of self-defense is, by its very nature, not reckless. Therefore, self-defense is not considered assault.

Self-defense is a common defense used in cases involving allegations of assault and battery. A knowledgeable attorney will understand how to present evidence of a threat or unlawful use of force to establish the need for self-defense. Not all threats need to involve a physical altercation. Sometimes a verbal threat or the implication of harm can validate the use of self-defense. The threat may not even necessarily be directed at you; it could be directed at a loved one or another person involved in the situation.

The waters of a self-defense alibi can be muddy. For instance, was there an opportunity to safely remove oneself from the situation without needing confrontation? What determines if there was a threat or if that threat was valid? There is a lot of room for interpretation in these types of cases, and they are often complicated due to the situation-specific factors involved.

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