CASTLE DOCTRINE

CASTLE DOCTRINE

castle doctrine. Criminal law. An exception to the retreat rule allowing the use of deadly force by a person who is protecting his or her home and its inhabitants from attack, esp. from a trespasser who intends to commit a felony or inflict serious bodily harm. ¡ª Also termed dwelling defense; defense of habitation. See RETREAT RULE. [Cases: Homicide 747, 760.]
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