My question involves criminal law for the state of: North Carolina.
I have been charged with assault and battery in a domestic altercation which occurred at work. My ex would not return personal items of mine and we were in a verbal argument about that. He grabbed my arm and would not let go, despite me telling him more than once to let go, and the force used was enough that there was a clearly visible bruise the next day. I felt that I had no choice but to use force to get away.
I have been charged with assault and battery. When I asked why he had no charges, I was told it was because he had visible injuries and I did not.
Why was I the only one charged and what are my legal options?