The Justified Use of Force Defense in Illinois

Production Date: October 04, 2016 Practice Areas: Criminal Law and Litigation Estimated Length: 3633 minutes


$ 59 Criminal Law and Litigation In Stock

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.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Review Illinois criminal law on the Justified Use of Force defense
  2. Understand the practical issues and pitfalls involved in presenting the justification defense in defending a criminal client
mark f.
riverside, IL


Donna W.
Northbrook, IL

The speaker was engaging and so knowledgeable. The wealth of legal cites in the materials and his tying those cites to current cases was quite helpful.

Sam W.
Aurora, IL

Very informative and enjoyable presentation. For some reason, the link to download the written materials was not functioning. I would very much like to have these. Please email me to let me know how I can obtain them.

Robert M.
Woodbridge, VA

Use of actual personal cases help illustrate the law well.

john w.
park ridge, IL

it was interesting

Patricia F.
Chicago, IL

Full of insights

Julie A. B.
Hiles, WI

Richards hits the bull’s eye again in this masterfully paced Lawline program that thoughtfully relays the pros and cons, pluses and minuses of the justified use of force defense in Illinois. Case illustrations and presenter’s professional experiences are generously shared throughout this adeptly delivered presentation.