When can I use self defense?

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - This weekend State Senator RC Soles shot a man who wouldn't leave his property, raising questions about when and how a person can protect themselves or their property.

According to veteran Wilmington trial attorney Tommy Hicks, North Carolina law essentially says any person can defend themselves if somebody is trying to break into their house.

"They can even use deadly force if they feel that the person is coming in to injure them or kill them, or if they are going to commit a felony inside the house," said Hicks.  "If I were in my house and someone was kicking my door in I would most certainly think someone was trying to injure me."

Hicks said that while a person has the right to defend themselves, many times cases of self defense end up in the courts with a decision coming down to a judge and jury.

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