Justifiable Deadly Force

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In order to be convicted of a crime in Oklahoma, the prosecution must prove all of that crime’s elements beyond a reasonable doubt. The criminal defense attorneys at Cannon & Associates are FIERCE ADVOCATES for every client and will hold the government to their burden in your case.

Sometimes, however, a person might have a defense to why they did, or why they could not have, committed a certain crime. Justifiable deadly force exists when the defendant can prove he/she reasonably believed the force necessary and the amount of force used was reasonably necessary.

Jury Instruction

To have a Justifiable Use of Deadly Force in Oklahoma, a person was justified in using deadly force in defense of another person when the person using force reasonably believed that use of deadly force was necessary to (prevent death or great bodily harm to another, or stop/prevent the commission of a felony that involved the use or threat of physical force or violence against any person. Defense of another is a defense although the danger to the life or personal security of the other person may not have been real, if a reasonable person, in the circumstances and from the viewpoint of the defendant, would reasonably have believed the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to another) or stop/prevent the commission of a felony that involved the use or threat of physical force or violence against any person.

Oklahoma Jury Instruction #8-2.

Oklahoma Statute

The statute for the Justifiable Use of Deadly Force is OKLA. STAT. tit. 21 § 733(2), which states that homicide is justifiable when a person kills a victim while lawfully defending himself or herself or another person “when the person using force reasonably believes such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to terminate or prevent the commission of a forcible felony.” “A forcible felony” is defined broadly as “any felony which involves the use or threat of physical force or violence against any person.”

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