imperfect self-defense

Definition of "imperfect self-defense"
  1. An argument used in legal situations where the defendant believed they were at immediate risk of death or severe physical harm, but this belief was not reasonable. Despite not entirely exonerating the defendant, it could lessen their liability
How to use "imperfect self-defense" in a sentence
  1. The jury took into consideration the claim of imperfect self-defense when assessing the defendant's liability.
  2. She pleaded imperfect self-defense, arguing that she felt an immediate threat to her life, although it was found unreasonable.
  3. Despite his lack of a reasonable basis, his belief of imminent danger led his attorney to utilize the notion of imperfect self-defense in court.

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