2017 Arkansas Code
Title 5 - Criminal Offenses
Subtitle 1 - General Provisions
Chapter 2 - Principles of Criminal Liability
Subchapter 6 - Justification
§ 5-2-608. Use of physical force in defense of premises

Universal Citation: AR Code § 5-2-608 (2017)
  • (a) A person in lawful possession or control of premises or a vehicle is justified in using nondeadly physical force upon another person when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes the use of nondeadly physical force is necessary to prevent or terminate the commission or attempted commission of a criminal trespass by the other person in or upon the premises or vehicle.
  • (b) A person may use deadly physical force under the circumstances set forth in subsection (a) of this section if:
    • (1) Use of deadly physical force is authorized by § 5-2-607; or
    • (2) The person reasonably believes the use of deadly physical force is necessary to prevent the commission of arson or burglary by a trespasser.
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