Monticello, AR asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Arkansas

Q: If someone were attempting to steal my car, is the use of deadly force justified?

Under current Arkansas law, if I believed that someone were attempting to steal my vehicle which is parked under my carport at my home, would the use of deadly force be justified?

1 Lawyer Answer
Stewart Whaley
Stewart Whaley
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • North Little Rock, AR
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: No, because you believe they are attempting to steal the vehicle. If you reasonably believe force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm, then, you are in a MUCH better position. The carport is likely considered curtilage (basically, an extension of the home) but the main issue is whether deadly force was necessary. A car is just a car.

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