What are the laws about protecting your castle/estate? Are there certain cases where I could be tried as a criminal for protecting my home or am I given complete license to do so? My neighborhood is rough. I don't want to break the law and that's why I want to know self-defense laws. Are they absolute in your own home or what?
Family Law Attorney
You might be well-served by looking on calguns.net. They have LOTS of info regarding this issue.
Look for the FAQ relating to the castle doctrine.
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DUI / DWI Attorney
These are handled by a case by case basis and the facts will matter.
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Construction / Development Lawyer
Depending on the circumstances, yes, you could be charged criminally for shooting an intruder. Even if you are charged, you should be able to assert a self defense argument.
But generally speaking, just the fact that someone broke into your home does not give you unfettered right to shoot them.