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Defenses To Crimes In Texas

There are many defenses to crimes under Texas law. In fact, Texas has too many defenses to list here. Insanity is a defense to crimes in Texas. Entrapment can be a defense to a crime. Intoxication sometimes can be a defense to a crime. Mistake of fact, mistake of law and duress can also be defenses to crimes in Texas. However, the defense that everyone knows about it self-defense.


Can I defend myself? The law in Texas says that a person is justified in using force against another when and to the degree that person reasonably believes that the force is immediately necessary to protect himself from another person’s use or attempted use of unlawful force.

Protection Of Another Person

When can I defend another person? The law in Texas also allows a person to use force against another, when and to the degree that the person believes that his use of force is immediately necessary to protect another person from harm.

Protection Of Property

Can I protect my property? A person is allowed to use force against another person when and to the degree the person reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to prevent another person from taking or damaging the person’s property.

Deadly Force

When can I use a gun to defend myself? It depends. Texas law says that a person can use deadly force to defend themselves if they had a right to self-defense and the person reasonably believes that deadly force is immediately necessary to protect themselves from another person’s use of deadly force.

Criminal defenses involving the use of force are known as criminal justifications in Texas. Examples are self-defense, defense of a third person (defense of another person) and protection of property. If you are charged with a crime such as murder, aggravated assault or assault in Houston, Harris County, Ft. Bend County, or Montgomery County, Texas, call me, R. Todd Bennett. I am a board-certified criminal defense attorney in Harris County, Texas. I handle criminal cases in all Texas courts and primarily in Southeast Texas.

If you would like to meet with a board-certified criminal lawyer in Harris County, Texas, call me, R. Todd Bennett to schedule an appointment.

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