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What about the fact that they were committing a crime at the time?
Hello again and thank you for your reply. Even if they were committing a crime, which is arguably not the case, this would not be the basis for a defense to a battery. The defenses, which you can read more about that the link I provided, are: self-defense, defense of others, an accident, consent, and a parental right to discipline children. It is never legal to use self-help in a situation like this. Calling the police in a situation like this or finding another parking place are the legal options. I can certainly understand your frustration and I have been in similar situations where I wished I could use self-help, but the law does not allow someone to touch someone else without their permission in this manner. That said, what they were doing could "mitigate" the punishment. In other words, the court would consider the situation in deciding on punishment.
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