If someone breaks into my apartment unarmed, do I have the right to kill them? (I live in Texas.)?

NO I AM NOT GOING TO HURT ANYBODY. I just want to know what the law is. Please post links to any pages that describe this legally if you can.

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  • Max
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    To be safe, it would be best not to take action greater than necessary to protect yourself, your family, and your property, and to take into consideration the age and maybe the mental capacity of the person or persons who broke in.

  • 1 decade ago

    You didn't mention whether or not you'd be home at the time. It matters.

    If you're not home - there's zero% probability that they are threatening your safety - so if your German Shepard eats them, you're guilty of manslaughter!

    On the other side of the coin, if someone threatens your life - and you're at THEIR house - you can defend in court your need to kill them.

    The fact is though, you don't ever want to have to kill someone. For home protection, get a pump action shotgun. If you hear someone break in, yell "I've got a gun!!" and pump one round into the chamber. This scenario will probably be in the dead of night (no pun intended), so it will be silent. The burglar will recognize that sound and leave before the two of you see each other. Or get a loud yappy dog. Burglars don't want to be found out. A loud barking dog could bring attention to him, and he'll leave.

    Way better than having to defend the decision to take a life - and having to live with that decision for the rest of yours.

  • 1 decade ago

    defend urself.. and if u sombody get killed in that action accidentally, then u r in a situation to explain the situation to law.. penalty would be less.. or itz acceptable..

    itz applicable in any part of the world and to any livin creatures from human to snake that enters ur home or ur way..

    killin intentional is crime..

    sometimes u can cheaat court that u killed someone (asusall, human to small creatures) accidentally.. but u'll face ur judgement day..

  • Don A
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Im not sure on that, i know that in some places if you have no trespassing signs on your property and they still come on your property then you are allowed to take action, but if it is to severe you could get in big trouble, unelss they are threating your life.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It think it must be legal in America since it was what George bush was preaching. Breaking into some one country and executing them.

  • gone
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Yes, but if you use a fire arm, make sure it is registered. Secondly if the person has a weapon and displays it, you definitely have a right to self-defense.

  • m c
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Defense better equal Offense or you could be in a heap of trouble.

    Source(s): Brother is a lawyer.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it had better be life, limb or property...check your local laws

    they differ from state to state...

    also there is an old saying "better to be tried by 12

    then buried by 6....

  • 1 decade ago

    Shoot the A__Hole, He or she has no right to break into your house.

    Source(s): Military, 21 years.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    hell yea! ice that fool if he gets up in youre place maaan

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