Copperas Cove, TX asked in Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for Texas

Q: Is it illegal to beat someone up if they rape your girlfriend?

1 Lawyer Answer
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Yes, but the use of force could be justified under chapter 9 of the Tx Penal Code if (1) you catch the rapist in the act and immediately use force to protect the victim or (2) catch the rapist immediately afterwards and use force to prevent his escape before the cops arrive. Immediately means immediately... not seeking revenge after the fact. Also, you can forfeit the justification by using more force than reasonably necessary.

If you are charged with Assault you will need representation from the best criminal defense attorney that takes cases in the county where the charges were filed.

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