Violent Crimes | Blogs by Steven Titus & Associates, P.C.
Self-defense is a powerful means of defending against criminal charges. When applicable, self-defense can be sufficient to avoid a guilty verdict. However, proving self-defense and be tricky, and navigating the legal issues surrounding it can be challenging. This guide covers self-defense laws in Wyoming and how to prove it in court.
Nobody wants to be accused of domestic violence. And these charges frequently result from custody disputes, false accusations, overzealous prosecutors, or an argument that gets too loud.
Police officers are under a lot of pressure to make an arrest when they respond to a possible domestic violence 911 call. If there’s any sign of struggle or if someone has visible injuries, they’re probably going to take someone to jail.
False accusations of domestic violence happen every day. People falsely accuse domestic partners for several reasons, such as anger and revenge, or to get the upper hand in divorce proceedings or a child custody battle. If you are facing accusations of domestic violence, it is important to act quickly to get a skilled criminal defense attorney in your corner. Effective legal representation early in the case can make a significant difference in the outcome.
In Wyoming, self-defense is legally defined as “reasonable defensive force that is necessary to prevent injury or loss.” According to this standard, there are times when a defendant can use self-defense to avoid prosecution in cases of assault or battery, but this defense is strictly limited, and defendants should not think of self-defense as a “get-out-of-jail-free” card.
Wyoming courts have complex and harsh laws for violent crimes. We are one of the few states to have a specific charge for strangulation, which has a unique legal definition. This charge can result in years of jail time, court fees, and a ruined reputation. However, depending on the circumstances, defendants can face more serious charges.
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