You may take aggressive actions towards another if you are defending another person. But just because you acted in defense of someone doesn’t mean that the state won’t bring criminal charges against you. These charges often come with severe penalties and potentially lengthy jail sentences. Therefore, we encourage you to speak with one of our lawyers if an officer has charged you with a criminal offense in California.
California’s Defense Of Others Law
Unfortunately, heinous crimes are committed frequently in Los Angeles. Many of these awful crimes are against fellow citizens. Sometimes, the only way to prevent these crimes is to step in and take offensive action to defend another person. When you’re defending another person, the law tends to protect you from receiving assault or battery charges. California’s defense of others law stipulates that for you to raise this defense, you must reasonably believe that someone else is in immediate danger of physical harm, and force is necessary to prevent this harm from occurring.