There are many cases where someone who used self-defense ended up being charged with assault. But, fortunately, with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, a defendant may be able to get their entire case dismissed.
Remember, when self-defense is used as a defense strategy, it also means that the accused is admitting that he or she committed the crime, but has the justification that they were threatened with force. The prosecution will attempt to disprove the “self-defense” claim. A criminal defense attorney’s goal is to prove that whatever action the defendant used to defend himself or herself, was justified.
Kansas & Missouri Self-Defense Laws
In Kansas and Missouri, everyone has the right to defend themselves against an attacker. If you are being threatened with an attack in your home, your workplace, or your vehicle, you are legally obligated to defend your life or the lives of others by using reasonable force against the individual who is intending to cause you bodily harm.
Additionally, a person is justified to use deadly force against another when he or she believes that such use of force is necessary to defend himself or herself or another individual against an attacker’s imminent use of unlawful force. When it comes to being attacked or on the verge of being attacked, a person is not required to retreat, especially if the incident occurs in your home.