What is Self defense?

Self-defense is the right to use a reasonable amount of counter-force to defend one’s self or a third party from a forceful attack[1]. It may also refer to an individual’s right to protect their own property, such as their home[2]. The laws governing self-defense vary state by state and generally allow for the use of force in response to an immediate threat[2]. The amount of violence that can be inflicted on an aggressor using self-defense depends on the situation and some states follow “duty to retreat” laws while others follow “stand your ground” laws[3]. Self-defense is also used as a legal defense in tort claims, where it must be proven that reasonable force was used in order for the defendant to avoid being prosecuted for a crime[2][3]. According to Merriam-Webster, self-defense is defined as “a plea of justification for the use of force or for homicide”[4].

CITATIONS

  1. What is Self Defense? | New Hampshire Self Defense Laws – Cohen & Winters
    https://www.cohenwinters.com/what-is-self-defense
    Self-defense is the right to use a reasonable amount of counter-force to defend one’s self or a third party from a forceful attack. On the surface, this concept is simple enough, but when applied to real-life situations, it raises various concerns.
  2. Understanding Self-Defense | LegalMatch
    https://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/what-is-self-defense.html
    Self-defense is a legal concept that allows an individual to use reasonable force to protect themselves or a third party from personal injury that is inflicted by another individual so long as the defender has reason to believe that they or the third party are in serious imminent danger. The term self-defense may also refer to an individual’s …
  3. Self Defense – Definition, Examples, Cases, Processes
    https://legaldictionary.net/self-defense
    Self defense laws in the U.S. dictate that a person is allowed to use force against another person if it “reasonably” appears necessary to do so. Situations that would call for the use of force involve those wherein a threat of “unlawful” and “immediate” violence has presented itself. In these cases, a person may be permitted to use …
  4. Self-defense Definition & Meaning – Merriam-Webster
    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-defense
    self-defense: [noun] a plea of justification for the use of force or for homicide.

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