Though many never imagine they will be in a situation that requires them to use lethal force to defend themselves from imminent threats of danger, these situations do happen. As such, understanding that self-defense laws are on your side to shield you is vital if you’ve had to protect yourself. Keep reading to learn more about this situation and discover how an OKC criminal defense lawyer can help you navigate these complex and overwhelming circumstances.
What Constitutes Self-Defense?
Self-defense occurs when an individual believes they are faced with an imminent threat and uses force to nullify the threat. Whether this be through physically attacking the individual or using a weapon, self-defense methods can include assault and murder.
Though it seems straightforward, there are many complications surrounding this action. The circumstances surrounding these issues are often argued in court but generally include whether or not the threat actually existed and whether or not the person defending themselves initiated the alternation.
What Are the Different Self-Defense Laws in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma is a “stand your ground” state, meaning citizens have the legal right to defend themselves and others from danger. There is no “duty to retreat” statute in Oklahoma, meaning those in imminent peril do not have to remove themselves from the situation, even if it is possible to do so safely.
However, Oklahoma also follows the “castle” doctrine, which gives those in their home or business the right to protect themselves from intruders looking to harm them. If a homeowner has reason to believe they are in immediate danger of harm or death, they are entitled to use deathly force against the intruder. This extends to the “make my day” doctrine, which expands who is legally protected to defend themselves while in a home. For example, if you have a babysitter, and someone breaks in, the babysitter is legally allowed to use force to protect themselves.
What Should I Do if I’ve Had to Defend Myself?
As you can see, there are many complications and considerations that must be made when it comes to self-defense. It is vital to ensure you enlist the assistance of an experienced attorney to help you protect your rights if you’ve had to use deadly force to protect yourself and others in the face of danger.
Unfortunately, without competent legal representation, you may be susceptible to a criminal conviction despite falling within the bounds of Oklahoma’s self-defense laws.
When you need help, the Jones Firm, PLLC is ready to guide you. Our dedicated legal team understands the complexities of this matter, and we will do everything possible to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your circumstances. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you during your free consultation.