While you may never picture yourself resorting to ending someone’s life, you may find that using deadly force against an intruder or other menacing person is your best option for defending yourself and your loved ones. Under state laws, the use of deadly force is allowed in certain instances, but there must be a credible and immediate threat to your safety in order to justify your actions. You also have the right to use deadly force against an intruder who illegally enters your residence, the attached property, or your vehicle—if these places are occupied at the time of the intrusion. If your use of deadly force is being questioned, or if you acted in self-defense but have been charged with a criminal offense instead, call Ooley Law immediately to ensure your rights are upheld and protected.
If you genuinely believe that someone is an immediate threat to you or someone in your immediate vicinity, Indiana laws permit you to use “reasonable force” to defend yourself. Whether you strike, kick, shoot, or otherwise incapacitate the threatening individual, you should be able to justify your actions by explaining that you behaved out of self-defense. However, even if you acted in self-defense, you may find yourself facing probing questions or even criminal charges for inflicting harm on someone else. Our experienced self-defense attorneys will work hard to understand all the details of your case so that we can aggressively fight for your freedom. Call Ooley Law as soon as possible to get started.