When you hear one accused of engaging in violence against another claim that they acted in self-defense, it is often easy to react to such a claim with skepticism. After some reflection, however, you (like many people in Arizona) may recognize that there are situations where you may feel compelled to act to protect yourself and/or your loved ones.
Many come to us here at Craig Williams, Attorney at Law, PLLC wondering to what extent the law permits such defensive action. To understand the answer to that question, you first need to understand the difference between two distinct legal principles: “the Castle Doctrine” and “Stand Your Ground.”
Defending yourself and others
The Castle Doctrine follows the old adage of your home being your castle, allowing you to thus defend it from any unlawful intrusions into it. Under this doctrine, defensive action is only lawful when you feel threatened in your home, your vehicle or your place of employment.
“Stand Your Ground,” however, extends the permission to act in self-defense to essentially any situation where another threatens your safety (or that of your family).
Understanding Arizona’s stance on self-defense
What philosophy does the state of Arizona subscribe to? According to Section 13-404 of the state’s Criminal Code, it is the latter. Indeed, this statute does not specifically list any location where the right to defend yourself or others does not apply. The law goes even further in stating that the law even views deadly force as permissible when trying to prevent another from using such force against you.
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