2008 Regular Session


File Code: Criminal Law - Procedure
Sponsored By:
Delegates Conaway, Elliott, George, Impallaria, Kirk, Riley, Robinson, Schuh, Stocksdale, and Stull
Criminal Law - Self-Defense - Immunity for Use of Physical Force in Defense of Dwelling or Place of Business


Establishing that an occupant of a dwelling or place of business is justified in using any degree of physical force, including deadly physical force, against another person when that other person has made an unlawful entry into the dwelling or place of business, and when the occupant has a reasonable belief that the other person has committed a crime in the dwelling or place of business in addition to the uninvited entry, or is committing or intends to commit a crime against a person or property; etc.

History by Legislative and Calendar Date

Legislative date is used to record history occuring in the Chambers otherwise Calendar date is used.
House Action
First Reading Judiciary
Hearing 3/4 at 1:00 p.m.
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
Senate Action
No Action

Sponsored by:

Delegate Frank M. Conaway, Jr., District 40
Delegate Donald B. Elliott, District 4B
Delegate Ron George, District 30
Delegate Rick Impallaria, District 7
Delegate Ruth M. Kirk, District 44
Delegate B. Daniel Riley, District 34A
Delegate Barbara Robinson, District 40
Delegate Steven R. Schuh, District 31
Delegate Nancy R. Stocksdale, District 5A
Delegate Paul S. Stull, District 4A

Bill indexed under the following Subjects:

Civil Actions -see also- Small Claims
Crimes and Punishments -see also- Penalties; Sentences; etc.
Death -see also- Advance Medical Directives; Wrongful Death.
Liability -see also- Good Samaritan
Self Defense
Victims -see also- Criminal Injuries Compensation

Bill affects the following Statute:

Criminal Law
( 3-209 )


Bill Text (Displayed in PDF Format): First Reading, Third Reading, Enrolled
Fiscal and Policy Note (Displayed in PDF Format): Available
Amendments: None offered