How Do You Prove Self-Defense?

Written by: The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata

Understanding Your Right to Self-Defense in Nevada

Nevada law recognizes a person’s right to defend themselves under certain circumstances. It is important to discuss your case with a qualified criminal defense attorney, as you must show that your actions were reasonable given the situation. Remember, just because you are charged with a crime does not mean you will be convicted. 

At the Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, we represent individuals who were charged with a crime while acting in self-defense. Our trial lawyers will work relentlessly to prove your innocence and provide a strategic defense in your case. If you were arrested for a crime in Nevada, contact our office at (702) 366-0891 for a free consultation. 

Proving You Acted in Self-Defense

If you acted in self-defense or defense of another, you might be entitled to a reduction or dismissal of the charges. The best way to prove that you acted in self-defense is with the assistance of a criminal defense attorney. Without the help of a lawyer, you may end up with a less than favorable disposition in your case.

When Is the Use of Force Justified?

The use of force is justified under limited circumstances in the state of Nevada. According to the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS), a person may use self-defense if they are facing a reasonable threat of great bodily injury. 

Self-defense is justified if:

  • There is a reasonable threat of great bodily injury;
  • The threat is imminent; and
  • The force is not excessive.

The use of force, however, cannot exceed that which is necessary to prevent harm. The use of force must be reasonable given the situation and cannot be excessive. The threat must also be imminent. Once the aggressor has retreated, the use of force may no longer be justified.

Why You Need an Attorney

Every case is unique and claims of self-defense are often difficult to prove. It is critical to have a criminal defense lawyer by your side to determine all of your legal options if you have been charged with a crime. Self-defense cases generally require an in-depth, independent investigation.

Without the help of a lawyer, it may be challenging to prove your case. One of the key factors will be in proving that you acted reasonably given the circumstances. A highly qualified defense attorney can build a strong case and present the facts to the prosecutor. If the prosecutor is unwilling to negotiate a favorable outcome, an attorney can take your case to trial to present it to a jury of your peers. 

At the Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, we handle all types of criminal cases including drug charges, violent crimes, and arrest warrants.

Hiring the Right Defense Attorney

Were you charged with a crime after acting in self-defense? Contact our office at (702) 366-0891 to schedule a free consultation. All criminal case evaluations are confidential and without obligation to retain our services. 

Attorney Garrett T. Ogata has successfully represented thousands of clients. Get the experienced legal help you need to get the outcome you deserve. Call now to get started.

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