Being faced with grave danger can be a terrifying situation for anyone, and there are many instances where a person might need to use self-defense to protect themselves from a potentially harmful threat. Unfortunately, there are some cases where victims that use self-defense to protect themselves end up arrested or criminally charged for using force against someone else, even if it was to prevent that person from harming them or someone else. The good news is that there are diligent and compassionate law firms like ours that focus on protecting good people who end up criminally charged for simply trying to defend themselves. Continue reading this blog to learn more about self-defense laws in Oklahoma, or reach out to an OKC Criminal Defense Lawyer today for individualized legal counseling.
HOW IS SELF-DEFENSE PROVEN IN OKLAHOMA CITY?
In Oklahoma, the use of self-defense is only lawful during some situations where a person has a reasonable belief that their well-being could be in danger. If you use force to protect yourself, always make sure to contact a criminal defense lawyer to ensure your rights will be protected. A good lawyer will find the best way to protect you in court.
Currently, there are two main different doctrines that can be used to prove self-defense in a criminal case.
- The “Castle” doctrine states that homeowners are entitled to use potentially fatal force against a home intruder if there’s a reasonable belief that they would be in danger of bodily harm or death.
- The “Stand Your Ground” doctrine establishes that a person doesn’t need to retreat if they’re confronted by someone that is committing criminal activity, and they are entitled to use potentially fatal force to protect themselves and others from harm.
DO I NEED TO HIRE A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER?
A talented criminal defense lawyer will have the knowledge and experience to help you fight criminal charges if you rightfully used self-defense to protect yourself or others. Whether or not you are found guilty is entirely dependent on the circumstances of your case. For example, you have a higher chance of reducing or even dismissing your criminal charges if you did not use a weapon against the criminal that was endangering you or others. No matter your circumstances, you should still speak with an attorney who can help you determine the best options for your case.
If you’ve recently been falsely accused of a serious crime in Oklahoma City, you deserve a tough yet compassionate criminal defense attorney who can fight for your best interests. The good news is that Jones Law Firm is on your side! Contact our highly experienced team today for an initial consultation.