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Appleton Self-Defense Lawyer

We are all responsible for our actions, and the harm we cause onto other people whether intentionally or not. However, a person has a right guaranteed by the law to defend themselves when their life is being threatened. Self defense laws vary from state to state. A difference among different state laws is degree to which a person is expected to flee from danger before they can fight.

The Law in Wisconsin

Residents in the state of Wisconsin have a right to defend themselves from an interference with their person, with interference meaning unwanted physical contact. A person’s response to interference must be reasonable and the interference must be actual and about to happen.

The Idea of Retreat

Potential victims are expected to, if possible, retreat from the danger or threat. Whether or not someone who is claiming self defense in court did attempt to retreat bears an effect on their culpability. It also plays a role in determining if their actions were reasonable. If you fled and someone pursued you, it would be reasonable to use force as defense. However, if the potential assailant fled or if the threat ceased upon your fleeing, the use of force would likely not be viewed as reasonable.

Speak with an Appleton Self-Defense Criminal Lawyer

If you have been arrested and charged with assault, murder, or another act you committed in defense of yourself, you need an attorney who will protect your rights. Contact the Appleton self-defense criminal lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414.271.9595 for an initial consultation.