Reasonable Force

Reasonable Force

The amount of force necessary to protect oneself or one's property. Reasonable force is a term associated with defending one's person or property from a violent attack, theft, or other type of unlawful aggression. It may be used as a defense in a criminal trial or to defend oneself in a suit alleging tortious conduct. If one uses excessive force, or more than the force necessary for such protection, he or she may be considered to have forfeited the right to defense. Reasonable force is also known as legal force.

A person is generally justified in using force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm if the person reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. The person is also generally justified in using such extreme force to prevent or terminate another's unlawful entry into or attack upon a dwelling, if: (1) the entry is made or attempted in a violent manner and he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent personal violence to himself or another then in the dwelling, or (2) he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent the commission of a felony in the dwelling.

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But Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner called reports teachers will be allowed to use reasonable force "concerning".
Ministers could be preparing a crackdown on bad behaviour in schools with teachers to be allowed to use "reasonable force" and urged to confiscate mobile phones, according to a report.
I had to use reasonable force to avert danger to myself."
Self Defence One must use common sense Whenever it comes to self-defence Be aware of what's going down As trouble comes easy in the town Do not be rude or impolite And do your uttermost to avoid a fight If attacked, reasonable force can be used But self-defence should not ever be abused The trouble may not have been started by you Still be careful what you say or do Driven by drink and likely drugs You could be attacked by a bunch of thugs Yes relax and enjoy yourself but be on your guard To find trouble in the city centre is not too hardGEORGE McLANDERS
Note: It is not unlawful to use reasonable force to defend yourself and/or another person.
Burglars lose rights when they break in WITH reference to the recent story in the news about the pensioner who was arrested after an intruder was killed in his home, I think that the legal argument of reasonable force becomes somewhat vague when you are in a moment of confrontation such as this.
"A punch to the head with great force goes well beyond what could be seen as reasonable force."
Other claims of OCTT: refraining from excessive use of force and lawless searches and using reasonable force in case of resistance to interventions by police.
POLICE have insisted they used "reasonable force" after video footage emerged appearing to show a suspect being hit by an officer in a Toxteth street.

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