Feeling as though you are in personal danger is one of the most frightening experiences an individual can go through. Adding to the fear and other emotions involved is the confusion surrounding whether or not an act of self defense is justified, or even allowed.
One of the key tests in determining whether or not using self defense is justified is whether or not the act is reasonably necessary to prevent injury. This definition is inherently subjective, as it is difficult to objectively define what is “reasonably necessary”. Typically, this involves determining the amount of force that would be necessary to stop an attack. This prevents someone from using deadly force to repel what would otherwise be a relatively non-deadly attack.
However, deadly force can be used to repel an attack if it appears that the attacker will cause death or serious injury to the victim. In certain cases, a victim may be required to attempt to flee if it is reasonably possible, although this differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In many circumstances, a victim is not required to attempt to flee his own property or premises.
Laws regarding self defense can be difficult to understand and can vary with location. As such, it is important to talk to a personal injury lawyer who can help you understand the ins and outs of the law.
If you have been injured by someone acting in self defense, or you have been injured while acting in self defense, contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733 to discuss your situation with a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney.