The law on self defense applies to both misdemeanors and felonies. It is considered to be an affirmative defense to the charge.
Clients ask me all the time whether they should hire a criminal defense lawyer in cases where the victim does not want to prosecute. The answer is that it depends on the situation, your criminal record, whether there are injuries, and whether there are witnesses.
This article provides information to those who are either under investigation or have been arrested for aggravated assault in Pinellas County.