You can argue self-defense, such as in a bar fight or a road rage incident. If you and someone get into any type of altercation and you show that you reasonably feared for your safety, and you needed to act in self-defense to protect yourself, you can beat the charge.
It’s important to note that self-defense is circumstantial. The judge and jury will consider a range of factors, including the size of the alleged victim, and whether weapons, alcohol, or other individuals were involved. An experienced criminal defense attorney can work to paint a picture for the judge to show that, based on the circumstances, you had reason to use self-defense.