New Jersey's Castle Doctrine

New Jersey justifies the use of force, deadly or otherwise, to defend one's self or others when there is reasonable belief that the force is immediately necessary to defend one's self or others in their home. These is no duty to retreat from one's home.


N.J.S.A. ยงยง 2C:3-1, :3-4, :3-5, :3-6; 2C:1-14(j)

What is Castle Doctrine?

Castle Laws are laws that address the use of force when defending one's self inside their home, or on their property. Some states expand this to vehicles, and the person's place of work. Castle Laws generally include: the places where this law applies, the requirements fro use of deadly force, if there is a duty to retreat, the amount of force that maybe used in defending one's self or others. These vary widely from state to state.

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