Violent crimes are serious charges that come with significant legal consequences. Many violent crimes can easily escalate to felony charges, which can mean expensive fines and lengthy periods of jail time. Sometimes, actions that led to assault or battery charges may have been taken to defend yourself against another person. The state of Illinois recognizes that you have the right to protect yourself, your property, or other people if there is a threat present. In certain situations, you have the right to perform an act of force that would otherwise be an illegal act if it was not done in self-defense. If you have been charged with a violent crime such as assault or battery, and you believe you acted in self-defense, you should seek immediate assistance from a criminal defense attorney.
Defending Yourself or Others
Illinois law allows you to use force against another person if you reasonably believe that the use of such force is necessary to defend yourself or another against a person’s imminent use of unlawful force. However, there are lines that you cannot cross if you plan on using self-defense as a legitimate explanation. To have a believable self-defense argument, you have to prove that:
A person used unlawful force to threaten you or another person;
The force you used was necessary to protect yourself or another person; and...