Once I turn myself in, will the police let me press charges against the person who pressed charges against me?

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Once I turn myself in, will the police let me press charges against the person who pressed charges against me?

I had got into an altercation with a next door neighbor. She spat into my face

and proceed to hit me along with her boyfriend. The landlord asked me to leave which I did. The neighbor ended up calling the cops but she waited till I was out of state. I am living in FL right now. I found out through my college job that my background showed a warrant for my arrest for simple battery third degree. I want to know once I go in to turn myself in and tell them my side of the story would they be able let me press charges. I have proof of me having bruises and cuts in my face from 2 months ago when the fight had


Asked on February 28, 2017 under Criminal Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You can look to press charges if your testimony and/or evidence is credible. That does not mean, of course, that the charges against you will be dismissed: when two people fight, both can be guilty of assault or battery if the fight was avoidable but neither chose to avoid it: the law doesn't let you into confrontations that end in violence if you could have walked away.

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