Maryland Municipal Law Questions & Answers

Q: What crimes would be charged against a subject for self defense of their home or property?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 18, 2018
Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr's answer
Almost anything. Maryland generally DOES NOT allow use of deadly force to defend against property. The gray area is that Maryland does allow citizens to make an arrest when warranted and that the castle doctrine means you ARE allowed to defend yourself within your home using reasonable force and deadly force only if it passes the specific test on use including "reasonable" fear of threat to health or safety.

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