Self Defence

Updated on Saturday 12th November 2022

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The concept of self-defence refers to a situation or incident where a person had to use force to defend himself, the property, another person involved, or as a result of attempting to avoid a murder. The defence existed for many years, or we might say centuries, and allows a person to use reasonable force in order to stop an attack on an individual, to protect the house or to simply defend himself from the inevitable attack. If you find yourself in this situation, it is recommended to ask for legal assistance and information from our  criminal defence solicitors in London.

The meaning of self-defence in UK

According to the Criminal Law Act 1967, an individual can use force in the situations like crime prevention, or in assisting in the legitimate arrest of criminals or suspected offenders. If the victim strikes an attacker in self-defence, he might be in conflict with the common law because he used reasonable force to defend himself. He could also argue that he was using reasonable force to stop a crime from being committed, more of an assault against himself. This argument can be defined as legal defence, and for example, if an individual applies force to prevent another from supplying a controlled drug, the act will have a statutory defence.

Our legal aid solicitors in London can help you with legal advice on your rights, and help with negotiations and paperwork if you're accused of a crime and you can't afford the costs of a lawyer. However, there are certain criteria to be respected, and in such cases, people who prove that they have no income can be eligible. discuss all legal aspects with one of our experts in the field.

When you need to defend yourself

In order to respond this question, we might need to remember a few details about the Human Rights Act 1988, also known as the European Convention on Human Rights, a significant document with major impact on everyone. The act, and especially Article 2, stipulates that everyone’s right to live is defended by the law. Deprivation of life will not be considered as inflicted in contravention of this article when it comes from the use of force, which is necessary in defence of any person from violence.

If an individual uses reasonable force to defend himself, and murders his attacker, the aggressor’s right to life under Article 2 mentioned above will not be infringed because the attacker’s first act of violence canceled this right. If extreme force has been used, then Article 2 can be overstepped.

Please feel free to get in touch with our team of criminal defence solicitors in London, if you need additional information about self-defence.