2018 Georgia Code
Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
Chapter 3 - Defenses to Criminal Prosecutions
Article 2 - Justification and Excuse
§ 16-3-20. Justification

Universal Citation: GA Code § 16-3-20 (2018)
    The fact that a person's conduct is justified is a defense to prosecution for any crime based on that conduct. The defense of justification can be claimed:
  • (1) When the person's conduct is justified under Code Section 16-3-21, 16-3-23, 16-3-24, 16-3-25, or 16-3-26;

  • (2) When the person's conduct is in reasonable fulfillment of his duties as a government officer or employee;

  • (3) When the person's conduct is the reasonable discipline of a minor by his parent or a person in loco parentis;

  • (4) When the person's conduct is reasonable and is performed in the course of making a lawful arrest;

  • (5) When the person's conduct is justified for any other reason under the laws of this state, including as provided in Code Section 51-1-29; or

  • (6) In all other instances which stand upon the same footing of reason and justice as those enumerated in this article.

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