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Navigating Self-Defense Laws: When Protection Becomes Assault

Posted by Robert Maurer | May 08, 2024 | 0 Comments

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In a dangerous situation, our instincts take over to protect ourselves. However, the legal boundaries of self-defense can be confusing. This blog will explore when and how self-defense is legally justified in Texas and the potential consequences of exceeding those boundaries.

When is Self-Defense Justified?

Texas law allows you to use force to protect yourself from imminent harm. Here are the key factors to consider:

·Imminent threat: The danger must be immediate and unavoidable. Threats of future harm generally don't qualify.

·Reasonableness of force: The force you use must be reasonable in response to the threat. You can't use deadly force against someone posing a minor threat.

·Duty to retreat: In some situations, you have a legal duty to retreat before resorting to force. This generally doesn't apply if you're in your own home (castle doctrine).

Crossing the Line: When Self-Defense Becomes Assault

If you use more force than is necessary to stop the threat, your actions could be considered assault. Here are some red flags:

·Initiating the confrontation: You cannot use self-defense as an excuse to start a fight.

·Continuing the use of force: Once the threat is neutralized, you cannot continue to use force.

·Using excessive force: Using a weapon or excessive physical force against a minor threat could be considered assault.

Importance of Legal Counsel

Self-defense laws are complex, and the specifics can vary depending on the circumstances. If you've been involved in a situation where you used force to defend yourself, it's crucial to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. They can help you understand your rights, assess the legal implications of your actions, and guide you through the legal process.

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Here at The Law Office of Robert M. Maurer II & Associates, We Can Help

We understand the complexities of self-defense laws in Texas. Robert M. Maurer II has nearly 30 years of experience defending clients facing criminal charges. Our firm is dedicated to providing you with personalized attention and a strong defense strategy.

If you've been accused of assault after using self-defense, don't hesitate to contact us. We offer free consultations to discuss your case and explore your legal options. Call us today at 210-222-8284 to schedule a consultation and protect your rights.

As a criminal assault and defense attorney in San Antonio and the broader South Texas region, we can help you navigate the legal system and fight for a fair outcome. We have extensive experience handling various criminal cases, including assault charges.

 

Disclaimer: This article is only intended for educational purposes and shouldn't be used as a substitute for legal advice.

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