What Tennessee Law Actually Says About Acting in Self-Defense
We have all heard that we can act in self-defense when someone is trying to hurt us but what Tennessee law actually says we are allowed to do that? There are actually three very short statutes that spell out what you can do when acting in self-defense.
What the law actually saysTennessee Code Annotated section 38-2-101 states, *lawful resistance to the commission of a public offense may be made by the party about to be injured, or by others.*
Tennessee Code Annotated section 38-2-102 states, *resistance sufficient to prevent the offense may be made by the party about to be injured to prevent an: (1) offense against the party*s person; or (2) illegal attempt by force to take or injure property in the party*s lawful possession.*
Tennessee Code Annotated section 38-2-103 states, *any other person, in aid or defense of the person about to be injured, may make resistance sufficient to prevent the offense.*
So not only can you act in self-defense, but individuals who see what is going on and come to your aid are also protected.
What else you need to knowOn top of that, you can also act in self-defense in order to protect the taking or injury to your property. The most common example of this would be preventing a purse snatching.
These three, short statutes tell you what you need to know about acting in self-defense in Tennessee.