Being accused of a crime can be emotionally challenging, especially when you know you have not done anything wrong. If you have been accused of injuring someone or wrongful death, you may be able to use the defense of self-defense, depending on your situation. To use this defense successfully, you will need to establish that your actions are justified.
Justifying injuring someone is rarely easy. You need to gather evidence that says the other party threatened you or someone else. Attorneys from King Law can help you clear your name and obtain justice. Meanwhile, here are a few things you need to know about self-defense before initiating your legal case.
Five things to know about self-defense law
You are legally allowed to use reasonable force to protect yourself or another person.
In the United States, you are legally allowed to use reasonable force to protect yourself or another person if you sense danger. If the other party is using force to injure you or someone else, you have the right to use reasonable force or a weapon to stop their actions. However, you must admit to hitting the person and demonstrate why you thought using force was necessary.
Self-defense can be used in many kinds of charges.
There are some charges where you can never use the defense of self-defense, for example, a DUI and white-collar crimes. However, it can be applicable to several crimes. You can use self-defense if you are accused of the following.
- Aggravated assault;
- Murder; and
You can use deadly forces in severe cases.
Deadly forces refer to forces that cause severe bodily harm to the other person. Since such a type of force can cause serious harm to a person or even kill them, the law only allows it in certain extreme situations. If you cause severe harm to the other party, you will be required to prove why you did so. You are not allowed to cause severe harm unless you believe there is an immediate threat.
You cannot raise self-defense if you start the fight.
If the fight or confrontation had started because of your actions, you lose the right to raise self-defense. This is because you started the problem, and thus, you provoked the other person and created the intention of causing physical injury. To use self-defense, you must have contributed nothing to the particular incident.
The burden of proof is on the prosecutor.
One good thing about claiming self-defense is that the burden of proof falls on the prosecutor. This means that the other party has to prove that you did not act in self-defense or that the defense was inapplicable to your case.