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Havoc
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
Some good responses but the real world answer is technically you cannot. Once you are outside your home it’s a different ballgame requiring different standards. So you can’t shoot someone for breaking into your car.

BUT if you go outside armed because you heard something and Encounter someone breaking into your car and during the interaction you think you see them holding or reaching for a gun, you can protect yourself by firing your weapon. But at that point you’re not shooting them because they’re breaking into your car, you’re shooting them because they are about to kill you or inflict serious bodily harm to you.

If the DA decides to prosecute, you will have to prove up the above specifically your state of mind and reasonable fear of being in threat of serious bodily harm or death. It won’t be fun even if found not guilty. So the position of the DA in your area is important, not just their view on the issue but also if they’re apt to bend to public pressure, sensitive to image/damage control, etc.

The bottom line is it’s a really bad idea, and if you do go out to confront (which you are perfectly justified in doing) you better have a strong mindset about what you’re doing, seeing and where the lines not to cross are.

If you do shoot, you better empty the gun and kill them because 1) that can demonstrate the level of fear and 2) a dead witness is better than a live one. Also when the police get there and with any following investigation you better appear scared as hell and regretful rather than Dirty Harry.


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14&Counting
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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In Texas I'm assuming you can just shoot them, but wasn't sure about Louisiana.


In texas you can shoot them in the back when they are running away


FightinTigersDammit
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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In texas you can shoot them in the back when they are running away


So that's why everyone is moving to Texas...


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tommy2tone1999
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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That falls under what is known as "stand your ground" law and there are varying factors that depend. Just because they are charging at you, doesn't mean you necessarily have the right to lethal force to prevent the attack. It all revolves around whether there is a threat of immediate and great bodily harm or your life is at risk (may not be using correct terms here as I don't deal in criminal law much; but you get the gist).


Not quite.

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RS 14:20
A. A homicide is justifiable:

(1) When committed in self-defense by one who reasonably believes that he is in imminent danger of losing his life or receiving great bodily harm and that the killing is necessary to save himself from that danger.


If I shoot someone in self defense because they are charging me. My defense will be "Officer, I believed that this person meant to harm me and my life was in danger". It matters not if the attacker was armed or not. My belief is sufficient. How can that legally be challenged in court?


Proximo
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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My belief is sufficient. How can that legally be challenged in court?


It isn’t about YOUR belief: it’s the “reasonable person’s” belief in YOUR shoes, which the New Orleans jury pool will decide.


TIGRLEE
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
Yes.
Especially if the local cops are your baws.


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jchamil
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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How can that legally be challenged in court?


Ever heard of the reasonable man?


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OweO
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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or Dick Vitale



I just want to punch him he the throat so he can't talk anymore.


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tommy2tone1999
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
Read the law again. You're trying to split hairs with a law written upon vague subjective terminology.
This post was edited on 2/13 at 1:30 pm


Proximo
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
What do you do for a living?


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jchamil
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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Read the law again.


You're fricked if your belief isn't reaonable


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oleheat
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
This post was edited on 2/13 at 3:46 pm


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beachdude
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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...reasonably believes...


It will be up to the jury to determine whether your belief was “reasonable”. That can be problematic. See: the death of Yoshi Hatori.


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Clames
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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The chances of a random civilian being composed enough in that situation to assess whether or not an intruder is armed, then - if they somehow determined the intruder is armed - make a precise shot that is intended to be non-fatal is slim to none.


And yet there are documented cases that contradict your assertion. You are still making the argument commonly used by...

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a liberal


...whether you are one or not. And plenty of highly conservative Fudds would agree with you.


jchamil
Member since Nov 2009
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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You're trying to split hairs with a law written upon vague subjective terminology.


Is this the first time you have heard of the reasonable man standard? It is used quite frequently in the law


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Roaad
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
Derek Vinyard says no


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Proximo
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Member since Aug 2011
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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Read the law again. You're trying to split hairs with a law written upon vague subjective terminology.


Why do you think you get to be the ultimate arbiter of whether your belief is reasonable?


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PearlJam
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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belief is sufficient. How can that legally be challenged in court?
your belief is only sufficient if it is reasonable


TigersSEC2010
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Member since Jan 2010
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
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And yet there are documented cases that contradict your assertion. You are still making the argument commonly used by...


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...whether you are one or not. And plenty of highly conservative Fudds would agree with you.


This has to be the weirdest, most unnecessary back-and-forth I've ever had on TD.

I'm not making an argument for or against guns or the right to defend yourself with one. I was stating an opinion on the likelihood that a random person could achieve what GeorgeWest claimed he would do in the given situation.

How you somehow pulled an anti-gun argument out of that is beyond me. Head to the Poli Board if you want that bull shite.
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theenemy
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re: Can you shoot someone that is breaking into your car in your driveway?
You cannot shoot them for simply breaking into your car.

You can confront them while you are armed.

If the violator charges or advances toward you in a threatening manner you can use lethal force on him if you can articulate why you believed you were in reasonable danger of death or serious bodily harm.

The fear of him taking your gun away and killing you can be used as part of the justification but you have to be able to articulate why that fear was reasonable.

Also, the violator cannot claim any self defense because he is in the act of committing a crime.


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