When to Use Deadly Force

Your right to defend yourself includes the right to use “deadly force” in appropriate situations. You can use deadly force to defend yourself only when you are in immediate danger of death or serious injury and deadly force is reasonably necessary to protect yourself. In a number of states you must try to back away before using deadly force to stop your attacker, unless you are in your home at the time or you cannot retreat safely. Many people mistakenly believe that they have almost a license to kill anyone who breaks into their home or shoot a potential intruder outside your home. But before you use deadly force legally against the intruder, he or she must reasonably appear to pose a threat of imminent danger to you or your family.

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