Self-Defense

The Right To Self-Defense In Ohio.  Part IV:  The Defense Of Others By James Owen, Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyer Is Defending Others A Right? If a person believes that a family member or other person, even a stranger,  is in imminent danger of bodily harm, then that person may use reasonably necessary force to defend that… Read more

Limitations On Your Right To Self-Defense In Ohio.  Part III: The First Aggressor Rule By James D. Owen, Columbus Criminal Defense Attorney What Is The First Aggressor Rule? A person who starts an altercation may not thereafter lawfully use force to defend himself during the altercation he started.  This so-called “not-at-fault” rule means that an accused who claims to have acted… Read more

What Is Your Right To Self-Defense In Ohio.  Part II: Using Nondeadly Force By James D. Owen, Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyer The Ohio Law Under Ohio law, a person may use reasonable force to defend or protect oneself, even when faced with a danger less than death or great bodily harm.  See State v. Fox… Read more

In Ohio, a person has a legal right to use force to defend himself, another person, his house, or even his property.  The level of force that may be lawfully used varies, of course, depending on the circumstances of the case.  A claim of self-defense is typically raised by a person accused of murder, attempted… Read more