Self-defense is an important defense for individuals facing homicide or violent crime charges. Yet, it’s not as simple as saying that you were in danger. You must prove certain elements to the prosecutor, judge and/or jury to get your charges dismissed. And when it comes to proving to others that your story holds true, your attorney can make all the difference.
At Nicholson Goetz & Otis, S.C., in Madison, you will find trial attorneys who will pursue every defense opportunity — every opportunity to protect your rights, your freedom, your future. If self-defense is an option for you, we will give your story a voice. You should not be put in prison for protecting yourself or a loved one from serious harm.
Self-defense is an affirmative defense. This means that if we can prove you acted in self-defense or defense of another and the level of force you used was reasonable, then you cannot be convicted of your charges even if prosecutors can prove you committed the offense. Self-defense can apply to both homicide charges and violent crime charges such as mayhem, battery, sexual assault and recklessly endangering safety.
You may only use the force you reasonably believe is necessary to prevent harm to your property or person or another person. If the court (or the jury) finds that you used greater force than was reasonably necessary, it can still hold you accountable for your actions.