GOV5:249171 said:You go with that theory...
Just like a lot of the people populating our maximum security prisons.
No kidding, what is the crime here?
Let me pose another scenario: The guy tries to rob you and is unsuccessful because you fought with him and knocked him out. Would you just walk away, or call the cops? Has a crime been committed? And if so, by whom?
Think about this. Are you SURE you want to call the cops? What if he isn't just "knocked out"? What if you caused a brain bleed and he died? But you didn't know it. Now you have a dead body there, and absolutely NO PROOF the guy tried to rob you. As far as the police are concerned, you had it in for this guy and just beat him to death. Are you still SURE you want to call the cops?
There is no perfect crime. You will eventually be found. If the guy dies, witnesses and evidence will eventually lead to you. If he lives, he's seen you, and the issue of witnesses and evidence still remain. I can't believe you could be confused about this. In any case, the first crime that occurred is an attempted robbery/murder. That would be the bad guy. That's why you press charges. He chose to break the law. He screwed up your day when all you were trying to do was go about your normal peaceful life. He forced you to act to save your own life. That's worth pressing charges. Plus, you have a civic duty to report the crime and a legal obligation to report your use of force. If you walk away, regardless of whether the guy lives or dies, YOU are the criminal. You cannot simply pick and choose which laws are convenient enough for you to follow.