Rey wrote:Virginia has no "duty to retreat" law. If you are in/at a place where you have a legal right to be and are not the antagonist or a precipitator which leads to the threat, you do not have to retreat.Being new to VA I've been studying up on the gun laws before OC'ing. Even though the state police say to refer to such and such site for the laws regarding deadly force, I couldn't find anything definitive.
What are the laws regarding deadly force. The obvious being threat of death, but I'm wondering if VA has a "must retreat" law or any other precedent of action before deadly force, both in the home, in your car or on the street.
Any SME's care to answer?
In terms of using deadly force, you must believe yourself to be in fear of imminent danger of serious harm or death before you may use deadly force. As in most of the country, the three criteria, intent, proximity, and means should (must?) be satisfied.
Virginia has no Castle Doctrine styled law yet, so your actions could be open to a zealous prosecutor and worse, civil liability, so conduct yourself accordingly.
If anyone cares to correct my responses here, please do as I do not wish to lead someone down the wrong path with this. Also, if I am off with any of this, I would like to know as well.