Chapter 21: Crimes And Punishments
PART I.--GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 32: Principles Of Criminal Liability
Statute 21-3211: Use of force in defense of a
person; no duty to retreat.
(a) A person is justified in the use of force against another when
to the extent it appears to such person and such
person reasonably believes that such
force is necessary to defend
such person or a third person against such
imminent use of unlawful force.
(b) A person is justified in the use of deadly force under circumstances
described in subsection (a) if such person reasonably believes deadly force is
necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to such person or a
(c) Nothing in this section shall require a person to retreat if such
is using force to protect such person or a third person.
History: L. 1969, ch. 180, § 21-3211;
L. 2006, ch. 194, § 3; May 25.