When can I use force to defend myself against a home invasion? Under Minnesota law, you are allowed to use a reasonable amount of force to defend yourself from an assault. The law allows the use force in self-defense during a home invasion when (1) you have not been aggressive toward or provoked the other person; (2) you have an honest belief that you are about to die or suffer great bodily harm; and (3) you must have a reasonable basis for your belief. There is no duty to retreat in order to avoid a physical conflict when acting in self-defense against a home invasion. Even though you have no duty to retreat in your own home, you must still act reasonably when using force in self-defense. The key here is the reasonableness of the use of force and the level of force used against the home invader.
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