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Know what comprises a justifiable homicide in Louisiana

Everyone who lives in southern Louisiana knows that we protect our property and our people. One good thing about living here is that the law provides a "stand your ground" law that enables you to do just that as long as you are in immediate and serious danger.

In order to have protection under the justifiable homicide laws, you have to be in immediate danger of dying or of great bodily harm. You can't leave the scene of a threat and then come back to shoot someone. That wouldn't classify as a justifiable homicide.

Another point that you should know is that the stand your ground law here doesn't apply if you are committing another crime. This means that you can't shoot a homeowner who has a gun pointed at you if you are breaking into that person's home or already inside of it. In that case, you wouldn't be able to use any concept of justifiable homicide as the basis of your defense.

Of course, it is usually a good idea to try to remain safe without having to kill someone in the process. Not only could this save a life, it could also save you some stress since you wouldn't have to worry about the legal repercussions of having to use lethal or less-than-lethal force.

If you do find that you are facing criminal charges in one of these cases, take the time to learn what the laws say about protecting yourself and justifiable homicide. This could help you find something that you can use in your defense.

Source: FindLaw, "Stand Your Ground Laws," accessed Nov. 02, 2017

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