Compulsion

Compulsion is a rare defense and is used in situations where another person threatens harm to the accused and the accused commits a crime to avoid the threatened harm.  In order for this defense to be applicable, the defendant must be in a situation where the defendant was under an unlawful and presently impending threat of serious injury or death in which the defendant did not recklessly or negligently place themselves, and to which there is no reasonable legal alternative to violating the law.  However, this defense is not available if a person suffers an injury or harm as a result of the actions of the accused.

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