lawful force

lawful force
The extent of the force permitted to be used in self-defense, that is, the degree of violence permitted in resisting an attack upon one's person; such degree of violence as is necessary, or is honestly and reasonably believed by the person attacked to be necessary, for his defense. 6 Am J2d Asslt & B §§ 72, 162. That degree of force which a peace officer is permitted to employ in making an arrest; such force as is reasonably necessary to apprehend the offender or effect the arrest. 5 Am J2d Arr § 80.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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