If a would-be intruder tries to enter your home, your natural first instinct is to fight him off. If an intruder dies or suffers injury as a result of confrontation with you, then you may face some serious charges.
To what extent can you legally use force to defend your home?
What Georgia Law Says About Using Force to Defend Your Home
According to the State of Georgia, you are justified in taking any action necessary to prevent someone from unlawfully entering or attacking your home. There are a few limitations, however, as Georgia law indicates. Deadly force or some other method intended to cause great bodily harm can only be justified and defended if you can prove that:
- The entry was “tumultuous” and you had reason to believe that the intruder wanted to cause harm
- The intruder is not a family member and doesn’t live in your home and you had reason to believe that they entered unlawfully or forcibly
- You had reason to believe the intruder was trying to enter your home with the intent to commit a crime
Defend Your Right to Defend Your Home and Property
If you face being charged with a federal crime against the person such as homicide or assault just because you were trying to protect your family or property, then you need expert help in fighting those charges.
Richard Grossman is the Atlanta criminal defense attorney who can help you clear your name and reduce or drop the charges. Your home is something you have every right to protect and you can count on our team to help you defend that right.
Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.