What You Need to Know About Self Defense Law



It is our right to defend ourselves.  However, if you're not smart about it when you do use force in self defense, you may find yourself facing charges ranging from assault to murder.

Self Defense Law: Important Considerations

While laws vary from state to state, there are some basic principles that can help you ensure that you defend yourself legally.

Check out this video to learn the basics of stand-your-ground laws and where the line is between self defense and assault.

Self defense can help you in life-threatening situations. Learning the techniques makes you well-equipped to react to any type of aggressive behavior and be able to knock your attacker unconscious.

Surely, you have heard about different scenarios in which a person was assaulted and how they saved their own lives by self-defense techniques. Therefore, it is important for everyone to learn the best way to protect themselves. People of any age should take some self-defense classes, including children, as a way to get the right training on how to defend themselves.

Even when you think it would not happen to you or you reside in a safe location with hardly any crime. But danger is just around the corner, even in decent areas and to good people. You can never predict when your skill might prove useful. With any luck, you will not have to use it, but still it is comforting to know you have the ability to defend yourself in case you actually wind up in that kind of predicament.

The importance of self defense law is extremely high, as these can save lives. There are many kinds of attack that a person may encounter. The best approach is to be well prepared for such an unfortunate event. Being able to defend yourself for any bodily attack is definitely an essential survival skill.

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  1. TadhgMcLir

    May 28, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    I have a question, does use of deadly force actually mean you killed the person, or “just” that you used a possibly lethal force, but the attacker didn’t die? For instance, if I pulled a pistol and they stopped and “surrendered” does that mean I used deadly force? Is a martial art a “lethal force” automatically, or is there a certain level where it becomes lethal (usually presumed Black Belt, but not necessarily)?

    • Andrew Branca, LOSD

      May 29, 2015 at 5:40 AM

      Hey there, I’m the attorney who produced the video in the post above. “Deadly force” is defined as any force capable of causing death or grave bodily harm. It need NOT actually CAUSE that harm (except in Colorado). As far as what constitutes actual “use” of that force, that varies quite a bit more, state-by-state. In some states many states merely threatening the use of force does not constitute the “use” of force; in others merely threatening deadly force constitutes the “use” of only non-deadly force; in others even merely showing a preparedness to use deadly force is treated exactly the same as the actual “use” of that force (e.g., Massachusetts).

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