When Can I Claim Self-Defense?
Virginia law provides every person with the right to defend himself or herself when there is a reasonable threat of harm. However, there are limits to the actions you can take. There have been numerous cases where a person with a legitimate claim of self defense has been charged with assault or some other crime. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can protect your rights and your freedom.
If you are facing charges in the Newport News area for a violent crime that arose from a genuine fear for your safety or the safety of your family, the attorneys at Weisberg & Weisberg, PLLC, are ready to help. We have successfully represented clients throughout the region in a wide variety of these cases, and we work tirelessly to see that you are not held accountable for a crime you did not commit, or for which you have a very valid defense.
We Provide Effective Representation In Complex Criminal Defense Cases
Under Virginia law, a person claiming self-defense must act in a manner that is reasonably proportional to the actions taken by his or her assailant. If the other person takes a swing at you and is clearly engaging you in a fist fight, for example, you do not have the right to pull out a gun and shoot that person in retaliation.
We conduct thorough investigations into every case so that we can gain a complete understanding of the circumstances surrounding the incident. We will rely on you for an accurate account of the events leading up to the altercation and the actions taken by you and the other party at each stage. We will develop a compelling argument to defend your actions and when appropriate demonstrate that they were a reasonable response to the threat you believed you were facing.