Deadly Force

published: November 9, 2017 by: Terry Johnson

What You Need To Know About Deadly Force

Deadly force is simple to explain: It’s force that can kill you. But deadly force can mean other things as well. Deadly force can also be something that caused you significant or serious bodily injury. This can include things such as a broken leg, severe burns, or loss of an organ.

This is important to know because a grievous or serious bodily injury can justify the use of deadly force to defend yourself. You have the right to defend yourself against deadly force and/or something that is going to cause you a serious bodily injury or even anything that can render you unconscious. That’s because anything can happen to you when you’re unconscious including a kidnapping, aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon, or even serious arson if you’re inside your home. In any case like these mentioned, you can use deadly force to prevent it from happening.

For example, if someone breaks into your home and is threatening to kill you or has already fired shots at you, you can use deadly force to protect yourself.

One important key to remember when it comes to using deadly force is that it has to be imminent. This sounds like something that might be obvious, but it’s important. You cannot use deadly force after the fact, it has to be immediately in the moment.

This can be unnerving to think about, but in the event that you are in a situation like this, it’s important to know what you are permitted, by law, to protect yourself.