The 5 Elements of Self-Defense Law

Attorney Andrew Branca has distilled the laws in all 50 states that concern themselves with self-defense. He says, “There are at most 5 elements to any self-defense case (and often not even that many). That’s true in every one of the 50 states, and all US territories.”

The 5 Elements of Self-Defense Law are:

  • Innocence
  • Imminence
  • Proportionality
  • Avoidance
  • Reasonableness

The 5 Elements of Self-Defense Law chart by attorney Andrew Branca

Source: LawOfSelfDefense.com

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Also see the National Conference of State Legislatures article, Self Defense and “Stand Your Ground”


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