Thread: Castle Doctrine
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Old April 23, 2005, 08:58 AM   #5
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I am not an attorney; however, I believe that in Virginia an individual does not have the requirement to retreat within his dwelling.

With this said, the overriding Virginia policy re the use of lethal force for self-defense seems to mandate two elements: (a) an immediate threat of (b) death or serious injury to innocents. Therefore, if a drunk mistakenly broke into your home and passed out on the floor – hey, I went to college and graduate school decades ago, and I know these things can happen – I do not believe you would have the right to employ deadly force.
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