§ 503.010 Definitions for chapter
§ 503.020 Justification — A defense
§ 503.030 Choice of evils
§ 503.040 Execution of public duty
§ 503.050 Use of physical force in self-protection — Admissibility of evidence of prior acts of domestic violence and abuse
§ 503.055 Use of defensive force regarding dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle — Exceptions
§ 503.060 Improper use of physical force in self-protection
§ 503.070 Protection of another
§ 503.080 Protection of property
§ 503.085 Justification and criminal and civil immunity for use of permitted force — Exceptions
§ 503.090 Use of physical force in law enforcement
§ 503.100 Prevention of a suicide or crime
§ 503.110 Use of force by person with responsibility for care, discipline, or safety of others
§ 503.120 Justification — General provisions

Terms Used In Kentucky Statutes > Chapter 503 - General Principles of Justification

  • Action: includes all proceedings in any court of this state. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Attorney: means attorney-at-law. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Deadly physical force: means force which is used with the purpose of causing death or serious physical injury or which the defendant knows to create a substantial risk of causing death or serious physical injury. See Kentucky Statutes 503.010
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Domestic: when applied to a corporation, partnership, business trust, or limited liability company, means all those incorporated or formed by authority of this state. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Dwelling: means a building or conveyance of any kind, including any attached porch, whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, which has a roof over it, including a tent, and is designed to be occupied by people lodging therein at night. See Kentucky Statutes 503.010
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Imminent: means impending danger, and, in the context of domestic violence and abuse as defined by KRS §. See Kentucky Statutes 503.010
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Owner: when applied to any animal, means any person having a property interest in such animal. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Physical force: means force used upon or directed toward the body of another person and includes confinement. See Kentucky Statutes 503.010
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Treatment: when used in a criminal justice context, means targeted interventions that focus on criminal risk factors in order to reduce the likelihood of criminal behavior. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Vehicle: means a conveyance of any kind, whether or not motorized, which is designed to transport people or property. See Kentucky Statutes 503.010