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Self Defence

What is an appropriate level of self defence?

Self-defence is a defence available to a range of offences such as Assault.


The Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) s418 provides a range of instances where a person can be held to be not criminally responsible for an offence if that act was carried out in self-defence. That defence can be of yourself and also extends to the defence of another person.


Self-defence can also extend to acts undertaken to terminate the unlawful deprivation of the persons liberty, to protect property from being taken, destroyed or damaged or to prevent criminal trespass.


Of course, the conduct must still be a reasonable response in the circumstances. The Prosecution still bears the onus of proving beyond reasonable doubt that you did not act in self-defence.


Self-defence may be available to you.


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