Originally Posted by g6matty
What the article doesn't state is my friend was threatened by the kid with a knife and I stepped in and the fight broke out with the opposition being on the losing end. The law is so ****ed up I can't claim self defense because I willingly entered but what if my friend is stabbed to death? I'm still pending these charges they offered me an 18 month sentence I said **** em I don't want to go upstate I'm trying to make a deal where I can sit in county and stay close to home
Hard to fight that. The 2 hypothesis are not the same. Coming to self defense of your friend doesn't usually hold up cause of the willingness and time frame of the assault. Had you ended the fight and not gone outside there's some wiggle room but going outside and continuing it will be the deal breaker.