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The Law: 5 Things to Know About Defending Your Home & Family

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As an American, you have the right to use reasonable force to protect your home, family, and personal property from an intruder if you reasonably believe that the use of such force is necessary to stop the intrusion and protect what’s yours. “Reasonable” is a legal term, which means “just, rational, appropriate, ordinary, or usual in the circumstances.” Courts use the “reasonable person standard” to determine whether that person acted like “a reasonably prudent person” would do under that set of circumstances. An individual who acts “reasonably” under these standards can raise a successful defense and avoid liability.
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