Coercion and Intimidation Defense Law and Legal Definition

Coercion and intimidation defense is a defendant’s stated reason that the act was not voluntarily done, but due to force or coercion in the form of intimidation and fear of death or serious bodily harm or injury to the defendant or to his/her family. However, to accept this defense and excuse the act which would have been otherwise criminal, the intimidation or coercion must be present and immediate, and a well-founded fear of death or serious bodily harm should be present. Also, the defendant should be left with no other reasonable opportunity other than to participate in the crime in order to escape coercion.