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When is it legal to use force against someone in Illinois?

While many violent actions against others are crimes, Illinois law allows the use of force in cases where someone is protecting themselves, another person or even their property — specifically their home. These are known as self-defense laws. Self-defense laws vary by state. So-called “stand your ground” laws have gotten a lot of media attention … Continue reading When is it legal to use force against someone in Illinois?

Self-defense and a proportional response

Self-defense is one of the potential defenses to an assault charge. Someone may accuse you of assaulting them, but you may claim that they actually threw the first punch and you were just protecting yourself. One thing to keep in mind is that a proportional response is typically required for you to effectively claim that … Continue reading Self-defense and a proportional response

4 key elements of self-defense

If you’re facing assault and battery charges in Illinois, you may be considering a self-defense claim to show why you should not be convicted. It’s one of the most common tactics, as many people feel they were honestly just trying to protect themselves, not trying to start a fight. If you were not looking to … Continue reading 4 key elements of self-defense