Chicago, IL asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas

Q: If my act of self defense against aphysically aggressive trespasser results in significant injuries, did i assault them?

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Patrick R. Lee
Patrick R. Lee
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: It all depends on the circumstances. If the "physically aggressive trespasser" was using or about to use force that could have caused significant injury to you, you are allowed to defend yourself with about an equal amount of force.

For instance, say someone is only being verbally abusive, you can't shoot them to defend yourself unless you feel like they're about to use deadly force against you.

To answer your question, we'd have to know what it means that they were being "physically aggressive."

You probably want to talk to a lawyer if you're being charged with a crime.

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