Self defense is often used and necessary in some situations,
especially when you feel your life or safety is being threatened. In Georgia,
people are allowed to use self defense when they are confronted with a
reasonable perceived threat that is perceived to be lethal or dangerous in
nature. In those situations, people are entitled within Georgia law to use
deadly force to stop the perceived threat instead of retreating or backing
down. This is the same kind of deadly force an Atlanta or Dekalb County police
officer may use in a threatening situation when the officer feels as though his
life is in danger or the threat is perceived to be lethal. In those situations,
people may continue to use deadly force until the threat is quashed or
diminished. 

O.C.G.A. §16-3-21 is the Georgia statute that outlines the law
that allows people to protect themselves or a third party against an imminent
use of unlawful force in a reasonably believed threatening situation. The
statute also states the face that a person is not justified in using deadly
force if he/she is the initial primary provoker of the situation, is attempting
to commit or flee after the commission of a felony, and if he/she was the
aggressor. 

If you or a loved one is dealing with a situation where they or
you used deadly force in a way to protect themselves or others against a threat,
call the Law Office of Scott Smith today for a free consultation to assist you
with every step and help you with the process.