The Law of Self Defense in Utah

Salt Lake Criminal Defense

At times the issue of “self defense” can seem to be somewhat abstract. Here are just a couple of pointers that can help to create a clearer view on what constitutes self defense and what is justifiable within self defense conditions in the state of Utah.

When is Self Defense Justified in Utah?

According to Utah State law (Utah Code 76-2-402) self defense by use of threat of force is justifiable when one believes he or she is in imminent danger of being injured another person. Self defense can also be used by a third party in aid of someone else if he or she is being threatened by another. State law holds that self defense is justifiable and can include the intent to cause of serious injury to another or even to cause death if the victim reasonably believes that he is danger of being seriously injured or killed himself by another person.

When is Self Defense not Justified in Utah?

According to Utah State law self defense is not justifiable if an individual intends to provoke another to attack so that he will have the excuse of harming the attacker through the use of force.  Self defense is also not justifiable for an individual who initiates the aggression.  The only person within a self defense situation who is justified is the person protecting himself from his attacker.

The Issue of Self Defense is not Always Straight Forward

Making clear who was acting in self defense and who initiated the need for it can sometimes be a challenge. Our criminal defense attorneys at Salcido Law Firm have experience that allows us to understand more fully which self defense situations need clarification.  Self defense typically arises in violent crimes situations. If you have been involved in a situation where self defense was initiated, a Utah Defender attorney can help you in your case. Our law firm understands where your rights to self defense lie. We will do our best to protect your rights and help you achieve the goals concerning your case. Call 801.618.1334 to schedule a free consultation and meet with one of our lawyers.

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