If someone feels the need to use force to end a bad situation, that person may find herself facing criminal charges regarding the type of force she used. Some prosecutors or judges may have charges dropped if it is clear a person acted in self-defense, but anyone accused of a crime should consider legal representation.
A former police officer who worked in Van Buren County was recently acquitted on charges of reckless use of a firearm. The incident in question occurred when the officer opened fire on a stolen car, striking the vehicle five times as it peeled away.
The prosecution alleged the officer exhibited reckless behavior during the shooting, but the defense successfully argued that she was faced with an immediate decision and acted in defense of herself and others on the scene. A video and one of two eyewitnesses corroborated the version of events forwarded by the defendant's lawyers.
The point of a case involving this defense is whether or not a person believes herself or others are in immediate danger that may occur if she does not intervene. "We don't feel that she was willingly trying to hurt anybody," according to the foreman of the acquitting jury. "She was using the right amount of force to stop the vehicle."
People facing criminal charges for violent felonies and misdemeanors should consider a lawyer to protect their rights and act on their behalf in dealing with prosecutors and judges. An attorney may improve the chances of an acquittal in front of a jury or charges dropped or reduced by prosecutors or judges.