After a fight outside of a bar, you get arrested by the police. An eyewitness claims that you started the fight by pulling out a knife and threatening someone else. You're facing serious charges.
A teenager in Louisiana was arrested after killing another young man, and he was put on trial for murder. He was acquitted, however, after showing that all he did was act in self-defense against a threat he could not otherwise evade.
Violent crimes like assault and battery come with very serious ramifications. They can be incredibly detrimental for teenagers and other young people, who can get a criminal record that follows them around for life.
Did you know that 130 people in the United States have been wrongfully convicted of murder and later exonerated by DNA evidence? These people were accused of violent crimes that they never committed, they had to serve time before they eventually got free.