You see it on television all the time…shows like Law & Order or Suits commonly use the defense of self defense to exonerate someone charged with a violent crime like battery, attempt murder, or discharge of a firearm. But does it work in real life?
The answer is YES! We as a society consider self defense as the justifiable use of force. As opposed to the “insanity” defense which is viewed as an excuse and not a justification for your actions, self defense is encouraged and protected under the law. The law is a reflection of our norms and morals and thus recognizes the importance of defending oneself. Illinois law, 720 ILCS 5/7-1, explains that the use of force is justified when an individual reasonably believes it is necessary to defend against imminent and unlawful force.
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