Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney
Two bills giving Virginians the green light to use deadly force against intruders into their homes died in the 2012 General Assembly session.
The "Castle doctrine" originated from old English common law rules protecting a person's home and the principle underlying the phrase "a person's home is their castle". The doctrine allows the use of physical force, including deadly force, by a person in his/her home against an intruder who has committed an overt act against him/her or against someone else lawfully in the home. Many states have laws that are based on the Castle Doctrine. One of the Virginia bills would have protected…