Self-Defense Laws in California

If you ever find yourself or someone else in a dangerous situation, California laws allow you to act in self-defense to keep yourself safe. You can apply physical force to protect yourself or someone in trouble, fight back if you are attacked unexpectedly, and even use deadly force if your life is in danger.

That said, there are several nuances to the self-defense rules and regulations in California, and only a professional can help you navigate the specifics. Courts use the law to decide whether you acted in self-defense or otherwise

Generally, courts examine the facts based on the following:

  • You reasonably believed you were in imminent danger
  • You reasonably believed that physical force was necessary
  • You employed force no more than necessary to defend yourself

In addition, California is a “Stand Your Ground” and “Castle Doctrine” state. This means:

  • If someone threatens you, deadly force can be considered reasonable to prevent the threat, injury, or death instead of retreating.
  • If there’s an intruder, residents can use deadly force but shouldn’t have provoked the intruder in any way.

In any self-defense case, it all boils down to the evidence in hand and the pertaining facts. If you have been involved in such a case, you must speak to a criminal defense attorney to review the case details and plan the legal recourse available.


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Being involved in a self-defense case is very nerve-wracking and a life altering time. You might find yourself stuck in the complications of the justice system, all for doing what you had to do to keep yourself safe. But know that the law is on your side; you just need qualified, compassionate, and expert legal counsel to present your case timely and effectively.

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Facing criminal charges? You have control over your defense. Contact the experts at the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi right away. With decades of experience, we’ve defended many clients all over California in their self-defense case and can assist you too.

If you’re involved in a self-defense case, we are right by your side, To schedule a consultation about your self-defense case, please contact us at (310) 448-1529 or contact us online. Our office is conveniently located in the Westside Towers in Los Angeles, within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Westwood, and steps away from the Expo/Bundy Station. We have flexible hours and weekend appointments.