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Denver Use of Deadly Physical Force Against an Intruder – Colorado Make My Day Self Defense – Definition

| Oct 11, 2016 | Self Defense |

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Self Defense of Your Home in Denver, Colorado – Avoid Homicide / Murder Charges

Shooting someone inside your house in Self Defense in Denver is a big decision. Colorado law permits killing someone who comes inside your house who is there illegally and is there to commit a crime, with you in fear for your safety or the safety of another. Just be sure the person is inside your home, that you know they are there to commit a crime or have already, and that you fear for your safety. If all this is true, you should not be charged with Homicide because you acted in self defense.  You really can’t use this law when you allow someone to come in, a disagreement develops, and deadly force is used.

Make My Day Law Definition in Arapahoe County and Jefferson County

Colorado’s Arapahoe and Jefferson County definition for Use of Deadly Physical Force Against an Intruder, C.R.S. 18-1-704.5:

“(1) The general assembly hereby recognizes that the citizens of Colorado have a right to expect absolute safety within their own homes.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 18-1-704, any occupant of a dwelling is justified in using any degree of physical force, including deadly physical force, against another person when that other person has made an unlawful entry into the dwelling, and when the occupant has a reasonable belief that such other person has committed a crime in the dwelling in addition to the uninvited entry, or is committing or intends to commit a crime against a person or property in addition to the uninvited entry, and when the occupant reasonably believes that such other person might use any physical force, no matter how slight, against any occupant.

(3) Any occupant of a dwelling using physical force, including deadly physical force, in accordance with the provisions of subsection (2) of this section shall be immune from criminal prosecution for the use of such force.

(4) Any occupant of a dwelling using physical force, including deadly physical force, in accordance with the provisions of subsection (2) of this section shall be immune from any civil liability for injuries or death resulting from the use of such force.”

Rules for Self Defense and the Make My Day Law in Douglas or Adams County, Colorado

The key with this important law is that the intruder or uninvited guest must be in your dwelling. It can’t be used at a business – although other self defense laws will work there and outside. Also, you can’t go shooting someone outside under this law, just because they are on your real property.  You could be charged with Murder / Homicide. There’s a real difference in the law to be applied by Douglas County Sheriff Deputies and Adams County Police when somebody comes inside your home.”

Self Defense and the Use of Deadly Physical Force Against an Intruder laws are important rules for defending you and your family. Know the law so you don’t end up being charged with Murder or Homicide. Call our attorneys 24/7 at 303-731-0719 today. Never give a statement to police. Together, we can protect your future.

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