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You Have the Right to Protect Yourself In Your Home

If you are unsuspectingly put into a horrific situation where you and your family face bodily harm that could result in death, severe injury or rape, Michigan law allows you to defend yourself and your family through the use of deadly force. In various instances where an intruder is breaking into your home, business or automobile while you are present, you are permitted to use deadly force to protect yourself and your family from death, severe injury or rape. Michigan’s Castle Doctrine is the law which allows the use of deadly force against the threat of severe injury, death or rape.

Keep in mind, the use of deadly force against an intruder is only permitted in cases where the victim has a legitimate belief that severe injury, death or rape will occur if deadly force is not taken against the intruder. Plus, in the Michigan courts, a jury will have to agree that placed in the same situation, they too would use deadly force against the intruder to prevent severe injury, death or rape. Because of the type of self-defense taken and the severity of the threat against the property owner, it is vital to contact the quality defense team at Nessel and Kessel Law in Detroit, Michigan if you’ve defended your home, business or car through the use of a firearm or violence during an intrusion. Nessel and Kessel Law will prove in the Michigan courts of law that the threat of violence was imminent and demonstrate to the jury that the use of deadly force was necessary to protect you and your family against severe injury, death or rape.

Michigan’s Castle Doctrine does not permit the use of deadly force in the following situations:

  • The individual deadly force was used against was a resident or had a legal right to be in the home, business owner or car owner.
  • The individual deadly force was used against was a child or grandchild of the homeowner, business owner or car owner.
  • The individual deadly force was used against was a former spouse or girlfriend of the homeowner, business owner or car owner.
  • The individual deadly force was used against was not involved in the crime and/or was an agent of peace.
  • The individual using deadly was involved in the crime.

Contact Nessel and Kessel Law in Detroit, Michigan for quality and compassionate legal representation that will ease your anxiety and make sure you and your family’s best interests are taken care of.  Nessel and Kessel Law in Detroit, Michigan will take listen to your case and give you the individual attention you deserve during these trying times.

About Nessel and Kessel Law

With more than two decades of experience, Nessel and Kessel Law is one of Michigan’s premiere litigation firms.  Nessel and Kessel Law’s experience includes all Detroit, Michigan misdemeanor and felony charges, assault, auto theft, criminal sexual conduct, domestic violence, drug possession and trafficking, expungements, homicides, manslaughter, internet crimes, larcenies, home invasions, breaking and entering, probation violations, retail fraud, drunk driving, license restoration, traffic tickets, divorce, annulment and legal separations, child custody and visitation, child support and spousal support, restraining orders, personal protection orders, paternity, prenuptial and postnuptial, gay and lesbian family law issues, civil rights and constitutional violations, false imprisonment, forfeiture actions, police brutality, premises liability, wrongful arrest and wrongful death. Nessel and Kessel Law is located in Detroit, Michigan in the Penobscot building on the corner of Griswold and West Congress Street.

Contact Dana Nessel or Chris Kessel today at 313—556-2300 for an in-depth and confidential consultation regarding your rights.

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