Why is the law important to me when I defend myself in a fight?
This is a very common question.
To help answer it, let’s imagine a relatively common scenario.
So there you are in a pub or bar, minding your own business and someone threatens you for no reason. The verbals escalate and a fight ensues, you are mad and get the better of your assailant.
You knock him out cold.
He asked for it and you are still fuming. Just to make sure you give him a few boots in the head as he lays prostrate on the floor. People intervene and the fight is stopped. Fine. Well done. But…
The next thing you know you are arrested and after a short trial you are serving 6 months for aggravated assault. Oops! What happened? He started the fight. He attacked me. He got what he deserved. I don’t get it.