Self-Defense Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Self-Defense, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Self-Defense?

(n) Self defense is the action by which a person protects himself from any bodily harm arising out of an encounters or attacks from other person either by protecting him or by blocking the opponents advancement by a counter attack. Self defense is not a crime so accused may be tempted to show their action as self defense to escape punishment