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Does New York State have a castle law and how strong is it?

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    Maurice Ross | Barton Barton & Plotkin
    420 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10170
    (973) 896-7190
    Sounds like a law school question. New York recognizes self defense but you cannot use more force than necessary. You cannot shoot someone for merely breaking in to your home or trespassing. We value life more than property. Theft of property does not justify shooting someone and you cannot shoot an intruder unless you fear imminent bodily harm. But if you reasonably believe you are in danger of serious bodily harm you can shoot to kill.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 10/6/2014
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