California Penal Code Section 198

CA Penal Code § 198 (2017)  

A bare fear of the commission of any of the offenses mentioned in subdivisions 2 and 3 of Section 197, to prevent which homicide may be lawfully committed, is not sufficient to justify it. But the circumstances must be sufficient to excite the fears of a reasonable person, and the party killing must have acted under the influence of such fears alone.

(Amended by Stats. 1987, Ch. 828, Sec. 8.)

Last modified: October 25, 2018