Whether you have been charged with assault and battery or even homicide in Michigan, acting in self-defense will exonerate you from being convicted. An experienced criminal defense attorney can review your case, determine if self-defense applies to your case, and ensure that your entire case gets dismissed.
Self-Defense Law in Michigan
In Michigan, a person can use force—including deadly force—if he/she reasonably believes that he/she or another individual is subject to imminent great bodily harm, death, or sexual assault.
This may occur if someone else is in the process of breaking and entering a home or business, attempts to kidnap or unlawfully take another individual from a home or business, commits a home invasion, or has taken another person’s vehicle against his/her will. Additionally, you must honestly and reasonably believe that you or another person is in danger.
Remember, the force used must be proportional to the threat. For example, if an aggressor punches you, you cannot use deadly force to protect yourself and retaliate.
Is Michigan a Stand Your Ground State?
Under Michigan states’ “Stand Your Ground” law, a person can use deadly force anywhere he/she has a legal right to be—with no duty to retreat—to prevent imminent great bodily harm or death.
A person can use force other than deadly force anywhere he/she has a legal right to be—with no duty to retreat—to prevent imminent unlawful use of force.
If you have been charged with a violent crime in Okemos, contact White Law PLLC today at (517) 316-1195 and schedule a free consultation.