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Understanding the Difference Between Assault and Battery

Unlike some states, Michigan courts define the crimes of assault and battery in context-specific ways. In other words, the offense you are charged with depends on your intent at the time you committed it as well as the actual outcome. Assault An altercation becomes an assault when you attempt to injure someone else by striking […]

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What Exactly Qualifies as Self-Defense in Michigan?

Anyone charged with assault in Michigan has the option of pleading self-defense. Michigan Self-Defense Act MCL 780.971-.974 affirms your right to defend yourself or others when you have reason to fear imminent harm. Michigan’s Self-Defense Act is often referred to as a ‘Stand Your Ground’ law because, under certain circumstances, you have no legal obligation […]

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