The Justified Use of Force Defense in Illinois
Created on October 04, 2016
This lecture describes the practical problems of presenting justified use of force defenses in Illinois. Topics include: (1) burdens of proof, including the relationship between self defense and second degree murder, (2) deadly force, (3) rules governing use of force by initial aggressors and non-aggressors, (4) no duty to retreat, (5) "Lynch" material, (6) the relationship between self defense and defenses such as necessity, mistake, insanity, and accident, and (7) preparation of the justification case for trial.
- Review Illinois criminal law on the Justified Use of Force defense
- Understand the practical issues and pitfalls involved in presenting the justification defense in defending a criminal client
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