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West Virginia's Castle Doctrine


There is no duty to retreat from one's home. The use of deadly force is legal to protect one's self and prevent trespassing.

Statute

W. Va. Code ยง 55-7-22

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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