Course Outline

According to Penal Code §9.22, necessity is a situation where your conduct is justified if:

  • You reasonably believe it is immediately necessary to avoid imminent harm and…
  • The desirability and urgency of avoiding the harm clearly outweigh, according to ordinary standards of reasonableness, the harm that will be caused by the use of deadly force and…
  • A legislative purpose to exclude the justification claimed for the conduct does not otherwise plainly appear.
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