If you live in Texas, you need to know your rights. Texas law places a high value on the right of each citizen to defend themselves, but the law does have its limits. If you own a weapon, it’s extremely important to educate yourself on the nuances of Texas law before there is ever a need to use force. Learn more about Texas self-defense laws below and how a lawyer can assist with your case.
If you have been charged with a gun crime, assault, or some other offense due to violent attack or assault and you were acting in self-defense, you should contact an experienced defense attorney who can help you build your defense now. Contact Abrams Trial Law to request a free consultation.
Self-Defense In Texas
A person is justified in using force against another when and to the degree the person reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to protect the person against the other’s use or attempted use of unlawful force.
A person’s belief that the force was immediately necessary is presumed to be reasonable if the actor unlawfully and with force entered the person’s home, car or place of business.
Deadly Force in Defense of Person
A person is justified in using deadly force against another if the person was acting in self-defense and the person reasonable believes the deadly force is immediately necessary to protect the person against the other’s use or attempted use of unlawful deadly force.
A person’s belief that the deadly force was immediately necessary is presumed to be reasonable if the actor unlawfully and with force entered the person’s house, car or place of business.
Duty to Retreat
A person is not required to retreat before using deadly force in the above-mentioned circumstance as long as the person has not provoked the actor against whom the deadly force is used and has not engaged in criminal activity at the time the deadly force is used. In other words, you have the right to defend yourself without first attempting to retreat.
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If you have been charged with a serious violent crime, including assault, aggravated assault, a weapon charge, murder, attempted murder, or some similar charge relating to the use of a weapon in self-defense, let us fight for you. Contact Abrams Trial Law today to speak with an experienced trial lawyer who can help you stand your ground in court.