Arizonans are often very protective of their family and property. If a perpetrator threatens either, they may want to fight or even kill the person allegedly responsible.
In scary situations like this, Arizonans may utilize a variety of methods to fend off a suspected culprit. However, state laws often vary on what types of self-defense are and are not legal.
Here in Arizona, there is something called a justification statute, which is very similar to “stand your ground” policies in other states. The statute says a person can use unlawful physical force against a perpetrator if a reasonable person believes the alleged victim needed to do so to escape an undesirable situation.
Arizona law also grants certain self-defense protections under the “castle doctrine.” This doctrine can allow the legal owners of a home or vehicle to protect themselves against an intruder if they feel threatened.
Arizona citizens can also protect others using unlawful force. Depending on the circumstances, the law can allow people to attack and sometimes fatally hurt someone to stop specific criminal acts like rape, murder or armed robbery.
While the state may allow a person to threaten or even attack an alleged perpetrator, some actions could violate Arizona law. Here are some instances that are often considered illegal:
Most people don’t look to get in an unlawful altercation. But when unfortunate situations arise, many Arizonans often do everything they can to protect themselves and their loved ones from harm. That’s why they must understand the state’s self-defense statutes.
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