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Day and Night: Murder or Self-Defense in Virginia?

Does the law of self-defense change depending upon whether it’s daytime or nighttime? Your right to self-defense is not affected in any way by the time of day the attack occurs.

Remember, Virginia is a “stand your ground” state. What that means is as long as you didn’t start the fight, you have a right to stand your ground and defend yourself with reasonable force (even deadly force), to protect yourself or others. If you reasonably fear that you’re in eminent danger of being killed or in imminent danger of great bodily harm and you use no more force than is reasonably necessary to protect yourself from that perceived harm under the circumstances as they are perceived by you, then your use of deadly force and self-defense is legally justified.

If you have any questions, please call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak with an Independent Program Attorney today.

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