Self-defense laws vary from state to state. Some of them can be really straightforward and some are a bit tricky even for the victim. For now, we’ll try to put more focus in California self-defense laws.
In California, self-defense laws state that you can’t be proven guilty of a violent crime to protect yourself, as long as your action was deemed reasonable under certain circumstances.
These reasonable circumstances may include:
- If you were in imminent danger of being killed, injured or touched unlawfully.
- If you needed to use force to prevent it from happening
- If you used no more force than was necessary.
Self-defense can be a useful legal protection to a number of crimes that are described as “forcible and atrocious”, such as:
- Murder or manslaughter
- Being attacked in a way that would cause heavy body injury
To say it differently, you have the right to kill another person in self-defense if you’re trying to protect yourself against those crimes. But, you’re only limited to use non-deadly force to defend yourself in less extreme situations.
For more details, check out the video below: