RCW 9A.32.010 defines homicide as “the killing of a human being by the act, procurement, or omission of another, death occurring at any time,” and is either (1) murder, (2) homicide by abuse, (3) manslaughter, (4) excusable homicide, or (5) justifiable homicide. The classifications of killing a person vary so greatly that the penalties range… Read More

In each of the 50 United States, a person has the right to defend oneself from unlawful attack. Washington RCW 9A.16.010 (3) establishes that force against another is not unlawful “[w]henever used by a party about to be injured, or by another lawfully aiding him or her, in preventing or attempting to prevent an offense against… Read More

The right to defend oneself from unlawful attack is guaranteed in each of the 50 United States. However, circumstances justifying the use of force against another person can be difficult to prove after the fact, especially when such force rises to the level of deadly force. The killing of a person is a homicide, and… Read More