Texas Self Defense Laws
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I wholeheartedly believe in the above quote. But, everyone should know their respective states self defense laws. Granted, Texas does have a proud history of supporting the second amendment. However, it is not the wild west; so, you need to know Texas’s self defense laws. Please note, this article from Houston Public Media specifically deals with Texas gun laws. But, many of these legal doctrines are used in other states.
Stand Your Ground Law
Texas, in the 70s, followed the “duty to retreat” legal doctrine, which, if you were able, required you to retreat. However, in 1995 Texas’s lax gun laws changed drastically.
But in 1995, Texas law loosened, adding a “castle doctrine,” which said that an individual didn’t need to run away if he or she was defending his or her own home or property. This law expanded in 2007, when the Texas Legislature changed the measure to say that individuals didn’t need to retreat at all, instead needing only to prove they had a legal right to be present during the act of defense. This policy is commonly referred to as a “Stand Your Ground” law. Four Things You Should Know About Self-Defense Law In Texas – Houston Public Media
You’ll Have to Prove Your Self Defense Was Warranted
You’ll have to prove you legally were able to use self defense.
A self-defense law isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card. In fact, it’s a defensive argument that is typically brought up after an individual has been arrested, charged and indicted.
“In most situations, the police will arrest and ask questions later,” says Millie Thompson, an Austin-based defense attorney. Four Things You Should Know About Self-Defense Law In Texas – Houston Public Media
I may get quite a bit of disagreement over this; but, because of the above, I recommend that (assuming you can) retreat. The reason being is that if you are in a deadly force incident, you’ll likely be subject to expensive legal fees, jail time, loss of job etc.
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