Everyone has the right to defend themselves against a valid threat, but the amount of force that can be legally used varies from state to state. If you own a weapon, it is likely that you do so as a means of protection. You’ll want to be confident that you are able to legally use force if you are in a threatening situation on your property.
Regardless of the threat and the type of force that you intend to use, it’s important that you make sure that you are always in compliance with the law. As a resident of Texas, you are subject to some of the most lenient “stand your ground” laws in the country. The following is an overview of where the law stands in regard to standing your ground in Texas.
You have the right to protect yourself from the immediate threat of harm
Whether you are on your own land or elsewhere, you have the right to defend yourself when threatened. If you have a valid reason to believe that a person will immediately cause you physical harm or attempt aggravated kidnapping, sexual assault or aggravated robbery, you can use force to prevent them from harming you in one of those ways. However, the force used should be an appropriate response to the threat posed.
You have the right to protect your property from the immediate threat of unlawful interference
If you have lawful protection of land or a tangible asset in Texas, you are justified in using force against another if it is believed that the force is immediately necessary to prevent your land from being trespassed or your property from being unlawfully interfered with. It’s important to note that the use of force does not equate to the use of deadly force. The use of deadly force is only justified in extreme and specific circumstances.
If you have been involved in a situation in which you used force against another and you have now been accused of a crime, it is important that you understand how Texas law applies to you and how you can go about defending yourself.