The necessity defense is a lesser of harms defense, and states essentially that your actions are not criminal if you acted in such a way as to prevent a greater harm from occurring, specifically if a person is in immediate danger of death or serious bodily injury, and the person has no reasonable legal alternative to committing the criminal conduct, the Judge must find the defendant not guilty if the jury has a reasonable doubt as to whether the defendant committed the crime charged out of necessity. Non-violent climate change protesters who blockade roadways in Maryland, have attempted to raise the defense of necessity for their actions. Have the Courts accepted their defense? Should the Courts accept this defense?
Presented by Mark Goldstone, Esq., Law Office of Mark Goldstone
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.5 hours of CLE credit will be offered to the surrounding MCLE states of Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware.