would this be a crime?
if I spotted a burglar creeping inside my house during midnight, I shoot him before he had the time to respond to my presence. would I be jailed?
- ObserverLv 71 week ago
Possibly, but it would depend on the exact situtation.
- NosehairLv 71 week ago
There is a pretty good chance of that so maybe.
- STEVEN FLv 71 week ago
Even in a CLEAR case of self defense, you should expect at least some time in jail while they determine if charges will be filed.
In most of the US, you can legally treat someone breaking into an occupied residence as a threat to the lives of the residents.
- Jimmy CLv 71 week ago
That always makes such a mess on the carpet, so it is not advised.
Also, it depends what country you are in, and whether you want that on your conscience. I do not own a gun, but I am in a civilised country with a police force that takes care of things like that.
I deduce that you are in the US though.
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- tc.brown56Lv 51 week ago
If you are in any other state except Vermont, then this would be legal and it wouldn't be considered a crime. Most states have a stand your ground law or at the very least they abide by the castle doctrine which allows people to defend their homes against intruders with deadly force is necessary. Vermont doesn't have a stand your ground law and they do not abide by the castle doctrine. The only legal thing somebody can do is run away.
- 1 week ago
It depends on the laws of your state/country/jurisdiction.
- Trump 2020Lv 71 week ago
Yes you would be. He could always say he was drunk and was entering the wrong house by mistake.
If he shows no sign of being a danger, or doesn't display a weapon, you could not justify shooting.
- Bubba RayLv 61 week ago
Different states, different laws. Let's say you shoot him in the leg. Hard to argue you feared for your life with a leg shot.
- OceanOfLoveLv 71 week ago
Depends on the laws in your state/country.
You can just shoot him in the leg, no need to kill him, less trouble for you.
- JayLv 61 week ago
You didn't list the country, but oh yeah, every country on the planet has completely identical laws, right? right, guys??????????