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Justification as an absolute defense, when.
Posted by: RightToBaer
Date: July 08, 2013 02:20PM
Missouri Revised Statute:

563.074. 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 563.016, a person who uses force as described in sections 563.031, 563.041, 563.046, 563.051, 563.056, and 563.061 is justified in using such force and such fact shall be an absolute defense to criminal prosecution or civil liability.

2. The court shall award attorney's fees, court costs, and all reasonable expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff if the court finds that the defendant has an absolute defense as provided in subsection 1 of this section.

During the CC class there was a lot of emphasis put on the liability after defending yourself. If a person is completely justified in defending themselves, does this mean all civil costs are assessed to the court? Or am I misunderstanding this statute?

Thanks again for the great class, Greg.

Re: Justification as an absolute defense, when.
Posted by: CCWTrainer
Date: October 28, 2013 10:16PM
The court will never pay costs. The court may assess them to the person suing you if the suit is over something you should not be sued for.
You should not be sued for an act of force if that act was justifiable.