Written by  Joseph 2019-01-09

Do I have a Self Defence case?

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Self defence is a type of legal defence that arises in response to offenses against the person such as assault, affray and murder.


In order to invoke a self defence case, you need to address two main criteria.


1 - A belief that his or her conduct is necessary in self-defence, and
2 - the conduct is a reasonable response in the circumstances as you perceives them.

Once self defence is raised as an issue, the prosecution has to prove that you were not acting in self defence.

The prosecution try to prove this in two ways.
1- They will try to prove that you had no belief in the necessity of your actions.
2- They will try to prove that your actions were not a reasonable response in the circumstances.

You can address both aspects of this through giving evidence about what happened.

 

 

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