Self-defense is an important defense for individuals facing homicide or violent crime charges. Yet, it's not as simple as saying that you were in danger. You must prove certain elements to the prosecutor, judge and/or jury to get your charges dismissed. And when it comes to proving to others that your story holds true, your attorney can make all the difference.
At the Glaesman Law Firm, LLC, in Brentwood, you will find an attorney who will pursue every defense opportunity — every opportunity to protect your rights, your freedom, your future. If self-defense is an option for you, we will give your story a voice. You should not be put in prison for protecting yourself or a loved one from serious harm.
How Does Self-Defense Work?
In Missouri, one can claim self-defense when they are charged with a crime as a defense to the crime with which they are charged. Once your criminal attorney successfully injects the issue of self-defense at trial, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you did NOT act in self-defense or that the way in which you defended yourself was unreasonable.
You may only use the force you reasonably believe is necessary to prevent harm to your property or person or another person. If the court (or the jury) finds that you used greater force than was reasonably necessary, it can still hold you accountable for your actions.
Discuss Self-Defense and Other Defenses in a Free 30 minute Initial Consultation
Even if self-defense is not an option in your case, there may be other defenses available to you. Talk to an experienced lawyer in a free 30 minute initial consultation. Call 314-827-4384 or fill out the contact form on this website so we can get started right away! We offer weekend, evening and off-site appointments upon request.