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Self-Defense

Self-Defense

Definition

One person’s use of force to defend against the imminent use of unlawful force by another person. A person may use non-deadly force in self-defense if he actually and reasonably believes that the force is necessary to defend against imminent, unlawful force. A person may use deadly force in self-defense if she actually and reasonably believes that deadly force is necessary to protect herself from imminent death or serious bodily injury. In some jurisdictions, deadly force may also be used to defend against especially serious crimes, such as kidnapping or rape.

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