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Self Defense

Dorsk Law Office, a Virginia-based legal firm, has established expertise in handling cases involving self-defense laws. Here's a synthesized overview of their approach and experience in this area:

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Understanding Virginia Self-Defense Law
Virginia law acknowledges the right to self-defense, but it is subject to specific conditions and limitations. Key aspects of Virginia's self-defense law include:

Reasonable and Proportional Force

The amount of force used must be reasonable and not excessive relative to the perceived threat. This is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Justifiable Self-Defense (Without Fault)

This category requires that the individual claiming self-defense did not provoke or instigate the attack and used no more force than necessary.

Excusable Self-Defense (With Fault)

In this situation, the individual may have been the aggressor or provoked the violence. They can claim self-defense if they retreated or abandoned the conflict and declared a desire for peace.

Restrictions on Self-Defense

Self-defense claims in Virginia do not cover situations where fear alone is the basis for using force. An overt act of threat is required.

Unnecessary Force

Excessive force, especially when the assailant has been subdued or in defense of property, can invalidate a self-defense claim.

Home Defense

Virginia's laws allow for the defense of one's home under the castle doctrine, with no obligation to retreat under certain circumstances.

Dorsk Law Office's Experience in Self-Defense Cases
Dorsk Law Office has successfully represented clients in self-defense cases. For instance, they secured an acquittal for Marquise Thompson, charged with first-degree murder and firearm use in a felony. The defense strategy focused on establishing that Thompson's actions were in self-defense. This high-profile case involved complex aspects like conflicting testimonies and absent witnesses. The jury's unanimous decision in favor of Thompson marked a significant affirmation of the right to self-defense under Virginia law.  See more about this landmark case here

Legal Services Offered
Dorsk Law Office provides legal representation in various areas, including felonies, misdemeanors, DUI, assault and battery, juvenile charges, and more. They are known for their client-focused approach and dedication to each case, providing personalized and skilled legal defense.

Contact Information
For those facing criminal charges, particularly in situations involving self-defense, Dorsk Law Office offers its services, emphasizing the need for experienced legal guidance.

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