Unassisted suicide

Asked about 3 years ago - Los Angeles, CA

Please, no morality issues. I know the alternatives; arguments to give the person against, etc.

I know that there can be criminal liability to assist or in any way to encourage suicide in any way.

Is a person under a legal responsibility to stop someone from committing suicide in their presence?


Attorney answers (2)

  1. Pamela Koslyn

    Contributor Level 20
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    Answered . No, there's usually no duty to help anyone, and someone who undertakes to help someone has to be good at it because they can even incur liability for helping badly so as to cause more injury.

    There are certain people, like bartenders who serve alcohol to their customers, who are under a duty to them, and who can be liable for not stopping them from doing something to hurt themselves, like drinking and driving.

    But generaly there's no duty to help anyone or stop them from hurting or killing themselves.

    PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU COMMENT, EMAIL ME OR PHONE ME. I'm only licensed in CA. This answer doesn't make me... more
  2. Andrew Stephen Roberts


    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . My colleague is correct with her response- avoiding all morality issues.

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