Can I Claim Self Defense to Domestic Violence in Michigan?

undefinedYes, you CAN claim Self-Defense against a charge of Domestic Violence in Michigan

As a Michigan Domestic Violence (also called "Domestic Assault") defense lawyer, one of the more common questions I get these days is "Can I claim self defense to Domestic Violence in Michigan?" This question arises where one of our clients is accused and charged with a Michigan Domestic Violence offense under MCL 750.81(2), but in-fact, they were the one who was attacked. We've all heard about Self-Defense on TV. But can I claim self defense to Domestic Violence in Michigan?

The first part of the question really means "Is the law of Self-Defense applicable to Domestic Violence in Michigan in general?" YES, it is. Self Defense is applicable to all assaultive crimes in Michigan. In-fact, the Michigan Self-Defense Act, MCL 780.972 (can I claim self defense to domestic violence in Michigan), does not contain any restrictions as to what it applies to.

The second part of the question "Can I claim Self Defense to Domestic Violence in Michigan?" is to ask "Does it apply to the specific facts of my case?" The answer to that question is very case-specific, and it depends on whether your facts satisfy the 7 elements of the standard Self-Defense Jury Instruction. If it does apply, you are absolutely entitled to a verdict of NOT GUILTY of Domestic Violence. Here's the good news:

If you call Prain Law, PLLC, and ask "Can I claim Self Defense to Domestic Violence in Michigan?" and a real Michigan Domestic Violence lawyer will be more than happy to sit and listen to the facts of your case and let you know whether Self-Defense or some other defense is the best for you. Call is anytime at (248) 731-4543. Or, fill-out the Contact Form.


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Prain Law, PLLC is focused only on the types charges featured on our website. This helps us deliver the decisive, effective advocacy for which our clients know us. We only serve individuals currently under investigation or who have a current case pending in court. Our firm does not represent injury victims, defendants who have already taken a plea or have been sentenced, or those seeking to expunge a criminal record. We do not respond to anyone who is not involved in a pending investigation or who has a court case for a type of charge we do not handle, but we wish you the very best of luck.