defense of property

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Defense of property” refers to an affirmative defense to liability for an alleged crime that one used force in order to protect one's property. For example, When defendants are charged with criminal assault or battery, they may argue that their acts were reasonably necessary to protect their property. Even if the interference is illegal and there is no other way to avoid it, deadly force cannot be used to protect property from interference by others.

[Last updated in September of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]