Category Archives: Self-defense

Upon invoking the justifying circumstance of self-defense, the accused assumed the burden of proving the justification of his act with clear and convincing evidence

An accused who asserts self-defense admits his infliction of the fatal blows and bears the burden of satisfactorily establishing all the elements of self-defense. Otherwise, his conviction for the felony of murder or homicide will be affirmed. … Specifically, the … Continue reading

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Essential Elements of Self-Defense

In order for self-defense to be successfully invoked, the following essential elements must be proved: (1) unlawful aggression on the part of the victim; (2) reasonable necessity of the means employed to prevent or repel such aggression; and (3) lack … Continue reading

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