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When is a death not considered wrongful in Michigan?

It is hard to imagine being in a situation in which you have to hurt or kill someone to survive. It is often unbelievable even when it has happened. If a person must use deadly force for their own sakes or the sakes of others nearby, that person should not have to suffer under the weight of the law.

What is the law that separates acceptable violence and criminal violence?

In 2006, the Michigan State Legislature passed Act 309, known as the Self-Defense Act. The language of the law lays out the conditions under which a person's need to harm or kill another person is considered unavoidable, and therefore, legally defensible.

What are the conditions that make violence legally allowed?

There are two main categories in which a killing may be considered self-defense or the rightful defense of others. The person must have reasonably believed that deadly force was necessary to preserve his or her own life, or the person must have had a similar belief that force was required to prevent sexual assault. If the threat affected someone else, the person must have believed that violence was required to end it.

What else is required to argue that a death was necessary?

In order to use the Self-Defense Act, a person must also demonstrate he or she was not committing or planning to commit a crime at the time. Police may charge a person of a serious crime immediately, so it is important to exercise the right to legal representation. An attorney can help build a defense against criminal charges before they can destroy a person's life.

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