It depends on where are. Every state has different laws. Are you taking away from home like out running errands? Or away from home in a different state?
In one phrase, essentially, justified use of lethal force requires that the innocent be in immediate and otherwise unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm.I am confused when it is ok to use deadly force away from home.
In Arizona we have the Castle Doctrine that gives a person the right to use force in home or vehicle against an intruder without having to retreat. Also, bill (SB1145) passed in 2006 imposes the burden of proof on prosecutors to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant's self-defense claim was unfounded. Prosecutors were really upset saying the bill opens the door for abuses in which one of the only two people involved in a violent incident is dead and can't appear in court to refute a self-defense claim. Be it at home, in the car, or away from home, we no longer have to go broke proving our innocence. :hand10:
In this scenario, your fate rests with 12 people who were not smart enough to get out of jury duty. Scary reality.Keep in mind the "Reasonable Man Standard," in which you are given legal authority to decide what's reasonable right then and there, but ultimately your peers (in a jury) get the authority to determine what was reasonable, in hindsight.