If you are about to be injured by someone’s conduct, there are certain behaviors that you can engage in to protect yourself from harm — which might be unlawful under other circumstances. You need to understand what your rights are and how you are permitted to resist when someone is about to harm you. You also need to make sure that you have a good defense attorney in Vegas who is ready and willing to help you argue that you acted justifiably because you were facing the risk of imminent injury.
LV Criminal Defense provides aggressive, knowledgeable advocacy and representation to defendants who have been accused of wrongdoing even when they acted lawfully in resistance because injury was pending to them. We will work hard to help you get chargers dropped, earn an acquittal, or at least reduce possible penalties that could be faced. Just give us a call as soon as you have been accused of doing something wrong so we can advocate on your behalf and help you to put together the right legal strategy from day one.
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Nevada Revised Statute section 193.240 establishes the state’s rules regarding resistance against criminal conduct. In particular, N.R.S. 193.240 explains when resistance is permitted by a party who is about to sustain an injury.
Under the terms of N.R.S. 193.240, a person who is about to suffer some type of injury caused by an offense may engage in the level of resistance that is necessary to prevent the offense from being committed that would cause the injury. In other words, if you are about to be the victim of a crime that would damage you, you can do what it takes to prevent the crime from being committed.
N.R.S. 193.240 explains the circumstances under which a person can resist an attempt to cause injury. Under N.R.S. 193.240(1), it is permissible to engage in resistance to the extent necessary to prevent an offense against your person, as well as to prevent an offense against any of the members of your family.
N.R.S. 193.240 also indicates that it is permissible for a person to engage in lawful resistance as necessary to stop an illegal attempt to injure or take property in your lawful possession through the use of force. This means if someone tries to rob you using force to take your lawful possessions, it is permissible for you to use an appropriate level of force that is necessary to stop someone from engaging in this criminal offense.
Often, cases in which individuals claim to have engaged in lawful resistance can become complicated when it is unclear if the individual’s actions were justified or when it is unclear whether the level of force that was used was appropriate to the specific situation. To help ensure that you do not end up facing any type of legal consequences as a result of conduct that you believe falls within the scope of lawful resistance, you should reach out to an experienced Vegas defense lawyer as soon as you are forced to engage in any type of resistance to protect yourself, your family, or your property.
You have a right to resist when someone is about to hurt you. Our Nevada criminal law firm helps you to defend that right. We will assist you in proving you acted justifiably due to fear of a threat against your health and safety, and we will work hard to make a convincing case so you can avoid being found guilty of any offenses related to your resistance that you have been accused of. To find out more about the ways in which Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers can represent you when you have been accused of wrongdoing, give us a call today.