§ 9A.16.010 Definitions
§ 9A.16.020 Use of force–When lawful
§ 9A.16.025 Use of force–When unjustified–Victim identity
§ 9A.16.030 Homicide–When excusable
§ 9A.16.040 Justifiable homicide or use of deadly force by public officer, peace officer, person aiding–Good faith standard
§ 9A.16.046 Justifiable homicide or use of deadly force by peace officer–Reimbursement of defendant for costs–Special verdict
§ 9A.16.050 Homicide–By other person–When justifiable
§ 9A.16.060 Duress
§ 9A.16.070 Entrapment
§ 9A.16.080 Action for being detained on mercantile establishment premises for investigation–“Reasonable grounds” as defense
§ 9A.16.090 Intoxication
§ 9A.16.100 Use of force on children–Policy–Actions presumed unreasonable
§ 9A.16.110 Defending against violent crime–Reimbursement
§ 9A.16.120 Outdoor music festival, campground–Detention
§ 9A.16.900 Construction–Chapter applicable to state registered domestic partnerships–2009 c 521

Terms Used In Washington Code > Chapter 9A.16 - Defenses

  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • 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.
  • person: may be construed to include the United States, this state, or any state or territory, or any public or private corporation or limited liability company, as well as an individual. See
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • 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.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.