Castle Doctrine

Castle Doctrine is the right to defend your home or “castle” through the use of reasonable or even deadly force

permits defending against an intruder who uses force to unlawfully enter or attempt to enter the occupied home, vehicle, or place of business


to use force against an intruder who attempts to unlawfully and forcibly remove a person from the person’s home, vehicle, or business

  • Originated in England
    – “a man’s house is his castle”

Fourth Amendment

  • protects people, their homes, and their property
  • against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government

Castle Doctrine implies the right to Stand Your Ground

  • Does not require a duty to retreat
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