Self-defense is a viable argument for Louisiana defendants charged with taking the life of another person. Homicide charges refer to alleged crimes associated with any killing. State laws say violence or killing may be warranted, when a person truly believes a personal attack, an attack on someone else or a felony will result in severe bodily harm or death.
So-called stand your ground laws differ from state to state. Some state laws require a person to attempt to retreat before a violent response is justified. The retreat requirement is not included in Louisiana laws – and explicitly may not be considered by a court -- when individuals are threatened inside their own vehicles, homes or places of business.