Crimes Committed in Self-Defense
Self-defense is the act of forcefully defending yourself when you have been attacked or when you believe you are going to be attacked. Although you may not think so, the defendant has the right to strike first if he or she fears an impending attack. It is possible for you to technically commit a crime—such as assault, battery, or murder—that is dropped because a fair self-defense reaction was sufficiently proven.
However, this situation varies based on how much force was used in alleged self-defense compared to the attacker or potential attacker. Speak with a competent criminal defense attorney to discuss your particular situation and the best defense options for you.
What Qualifies as Self-Defense?
In order to decide whether an act of self-defense was reasonable, the law asks three main questions:
- Which party aggressively initiated the incident?
- Did the defendant have reasonable cause to use self-defense?
- If so, was the force used by the defendant reasonable?
If you are able to answer these questions with conviction that you used reasonable self-defense out of fear for your life, you could be acquitted of a crime under a self-defense argument. In this situation, it is important to enlist the assistance of experienced criminal defense attorneys who would ensure your rights are protected and construct a thorough defense.
Contact the Denton Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been charged or accused of a serious crime, but he or she acted out of self-defense, contact the Denton criminal defense attorneys of Alexander & Associates for legal assistance. Our lawyers will help you build a solid case to get the most favorable result possible. Call our Denton criminal defense lawyers today at (972) 420-6560.