12/10/18 Self Defense

 

The protection of one person or property against some injury attempted by another. It works as a defense to certain criminal charges as well as to some civil claims. A person claiming self-defense must prove at trial that such self-defense was justified. The force used in self-defense may be sufficient for protection from apparent harm but cannot be an excuse to continue the attack or use excessive force.

To act in self-defense

To assert self-defense