JUSTIFIABLE USE OF NON-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. A violent crime is defensible, if the defendant’s criminal defense attorney can prove the defendant reasonably believed the force used was necessary to protect himself/herself, another, or to defend property and the amount of force used was reasonably believed to be required in the situation.

Jury Instruction

To have a Justifiable Use of Non-Deadly Force in Oklahoma, a person is justified in using force in defense of another if that person reasonably believed that use of force was necessary to protect another from imminent danger of bodily harm. Defense of another is a defense although the danger to the personal security of another may not have been real, if a reasonable person, in the circumstances and from the viewpoint of the defendant, would reasonably have believed that another was in imminent danger of bodily harm. The amount of force used may not exceed the amount of force a reasonable person, in the circumstances and from the viewpoint of the defendant, would have used to prevent the bodily harm.

Oklahoma Jury Instruction #8-4.

Oklahoma Statute

The statute for the Justifiable Use of Non-Deadly Force is OKLA. STAT. tit. 21 § 643(3), which states that to use or to attempt to offer to use force or violence upon or toward the person of another is not unlawful when committed either by the person about to be injured, or by any other person in such person's aid or defense, in preventing or attempting to prevent an offense against such person, or any trespass or other unlawful interference with real or personal property in such person's lawful possession; provided the force or violence used is not more than sufficient to prevent such offense.

What the Skilled Lawyers at Cannon & Associates Can Do For You

Being charged with a crime in Oklahoma is a serious matter. The Oklahoma criminal defense attorneys at Cannon & Associates are Fierce Advocates for Families and Freedom and will fight for you! At Cannon & Associates, we have extensive criminal defense experience, and will be with you every step of the way. We will take care to explain the issues and options to get you to your desired result and support you in this difficult time.

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