Mesa, AZ asked in Criminal Law for Arizona

Q: If you are in your own home and someone is assaulting you do you have a right to fight back?

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Ashelee Weeks
Ashelee Weeks
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: In Arizona, people are justified in using physical force when a reasonable person in the same situation would believe it necessary to use such force to protect against an immediate threat. The law does not authorize unlimited force, just the force a reasonable person would believe necessary to protect against an immediate threat. In other words, if someone punches you, it's likely not reasonable if you defended yourself by shooting that person.

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