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Don’t make these mistakes when acting in self-defense

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2024 | Violent Crimes |

The penalties associated with a violent crime conviction can be crushing. That’s why you need to figure out the best way to aggressively defend yourself and your future. As we’ve discussed previously on the blog, self-defense can be an effective legal argument, but it’s not a get out of jail free card. Before this defense can be properly utilized, you’ll have to show that you’ve followed the law in exercising self-defense, which can be tricky to do under the circumstances of your case.

In fact, there are several mistakes that people make when they try to utilize self-defense. Let’s look at some of them here so that you know what sort of issues could jeopardize your legal positioning.

Avoid these mistakes when exercising self-defense

To succeed in proving that you acted in self-defense, you’ll have to speak to the elements of the law. Therefore, you’ll want to avoid making these mistakes in your case:

  • Exerting an amount of force that’s deemed to be unreasonable under the circumstances.
  • Instigating the dispute in question.
  • Sharing too much information with the police, which allows them to twist anything and everything out of context in a way that jeopardizes your self-defense argument.
  • Carrying a firearm in an area where you shouldn’t have been.
  • Making statements about the other party that gives the impression that you intended to harm them regardless of the circumstances.

Don’t get tripped up in your self-defense arguments

You have to carefully develop your self-defense arguments if you want them to be effective in your case. This will require you to anticipate how the prosecution will frame the issue and counter them appropriately. By thoroughly preparing your violent crime criminal defense, you’ll maximize your chances of beating the prosecution and protecting your future.


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