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Is it illegal to defend yourself in your own home if an unwanted person is in your home and won’t leave?

If a person enters your home uninvited, and you ask them several times to leave with no avail, is it illegal to physically remove them if the force is not excessive?


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    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    No Bars and other establishments eject unwanted people all the time.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 7/10/2013
    Thomas E. Gates | Gates' Law, PLLC
    651 Strander Blvd., Suite 209
    Tukwila, WA 98188-2953
    (253) 332-7899
    You can defend yourself in your own home. The force used should be reasonable to achieve the removal. You could have also contected the police.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 7/10/2013
    Charles M. Schiff | Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    925 South First Street
    St Cloud, MN 56301
    (320) 259-0699
    You would have the right to raise self-defense as a justification for your actions. A trier-of-fact (judge or jury) would then decide whether your actions were justified. If your use of force is not excessive it is likely that your actions would be considered appropriate.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota - Replied: 7/10/2013
    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    You cannot use deadly force to remove your son's 8 year old friend. You cannot use deadly force to remove your wife's reading club friend, who was invited in by your wife. You cannot use deadly force to remove your drinking buddy.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 7/10/2013
    William L. Welch, III | William L. Welch, III Attorney
    111 South Calvert Street
    Baltimore, MD 21045
    (410) 385-5630
    Self defense applies to defending yourself from another's use of force on you. It does not permit you to use force to remove trespassers. You should call the police.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland - Replied: 7/10/2013
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