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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 month ago

If someone hits my car with their car, can I shoot them in self defense?

In this situation, my life felt threatened in this car accident because of my bodily harm during the impact.

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  • 1 month ago
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    You can, but you would most likely get arrested because of their lack of intent to kill you.

    • STEVEN F
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      1 month agoReport

      You can shoot illegally, but NOT in self defense.

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  • 1 month ago

    Well no, as that is not self defense, that is murder.

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  • Bruce
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    1 month ago

    I suppose if they continue to ram you again and again you could make an argument, but if they only hit you once, your right to self defense stops as soon as the threat stops. 

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  • 1 month ago

    No one would buy that reasoning. Not police, prosecutors or judges.

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  • 1 month ago

    During the impact, not after the impact. During the impact, you didn't have enough time to pull a weapon and aim it and fire it. You shooting would be a reaction to the accident and a criminal one, showing intent. Premeditated.

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  • 1 month ago

    Retaliation is NEVER legally self defense. Once that action you claim you are defending against has stopped, further action IS NOT defense. In the case of a crash, as soon as the impact occurs, there is nothing to defend against.

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  • 1 month ago

    No. It's like if someone drops their gun by accident, it goes off, the bullet comes though your walls, kills your mother in law, you have no right to go over and shoot the gun owner.

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  • 1 month ago

    You would have to prove it was self defense and they were trying to purposely harm you

    • STEVEN F
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      You would have to prove they were CONTINUING to act in a threatening manner. Even if the crash was attempted murder, shooting after impact IS NOT self defense.

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  • 1 month ago

    Hypothetically yes but it’s an inhuman act and you’d probably be charged with murder by the state. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Go ahead, dawg!

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