New York State Self-Defense Law: Penal Code Sec 35.15 2B ? : see "more detail"

Asked almost 2 years ago - Buffalo, NY

"2. A person may not use deadly physical force upon another person under circumstances specified in subdivision one unless:
(b) He reasonably believes that such other person is committing or attempting to commit a kidnapping, forcible rape, forcible sodomy or robbery;"
Does lethal self-defense with the above crimes absolve the person from the usual requirements of lethal Self-Defense, i.e., that the person reasonably believes his/her life is in imminent danger from a lethal attack? Is the Law saying with these crimes, lethal Self-Defense is automatically allowed? Thank You.

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  1. Richard C. Southard

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    Answered . Is this related to a pending case? If this is a question about some future action, you may be seriously undermining your ability to successfully raise a self defense claim. If it's a pending case, your best bet is to discuss the specific facts of your case with a qualified attorney.

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  2. Jay K Goldberg

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    Answered . NY law provides a justification defense for the use of deadly force. It applies for use of deadly force to protect self or others

  3. Scott Joseph Whitbeck

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    Answered . No, it is not automatically allowed. As other counsel have pointed out the force must be proportionate. Also you will probably be charged and need to defend yourself in court. To do this you will need competent counsel. I can help you.

  4. Benjamin J Lieberman

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    Answered . Self defense is always permitted. The question of how much force ie. physical, deadly physical etc. is what the issue is. Deadly physical force is only permitted in those instances permitted by the statute.

  5. Joseph A Lo Piccolo

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    Answered . Yes....it is saying it is allowed when defending another person.
    BUT, the police don't distinguish this, the courts do so you will likely be arrested and have to defend yourself.


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