The Limits of Self-Defense as a Legal Defense

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The concept of self-defense seems so simple that even children have a basic understanding of it. After all, any time a kid tells a parent, “But he started it” or “She kicked me first!” what he’s essentially saying is that he was only defending himself and thus is innocent.

But in reality, the application of the self-defense argument to criminal charges is more complex and nuanced, and involves more factors than just who was the initial aggressor . . .

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