If the state of Louisiana recently charged you with homicide, all hope is not lost. In fact, there are several instances in which homicide is justifiable, which FindLaw explores in detail.

Homicide is justifiable if you honestly believed, at the time of the crime, that you were in imminent danger of receiving great bodily harm or of losing your life. The state permits any person who is in such a situation to kill an attacker in order to preserve his or her own life or health.

If you committed the crime to stop violence or a felony that put others at risk of death or great bodily injury, the prosecution may deem your actions justifiable. However, the circumstances surrounding the incident must have been sufficient as to create the belief in any reasonable person that any attempt to stop the crime aside from killing would result in his or her own death or serious injury.

If you took another person’s life because you reasonably believed that said person was about to engage in unlawful force against another person in a dwelling, place of business or a motor vehicle and in an attempt to commit robbery or burglary, the state may pardon your actions. Likewise, if you used deadly force to prevent the unlawful entry into a dwelling, place of business or motor vehicle, you may have justifiable cause for your actions.

For these exceptions to apply to your actions, you must be able to prove that you had a right to be in the place where the crime took place. Moreover, you cannot have been engaged in the possession, acquisition or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance at the time of the crime.

This article is not meant to serve as legal advice. It is for educational purposes only.