Full Defense Law and Legal Definition

Full defense refers to a technical common law plea allowed to one who has alleged to have committed an offense. An alleged offender can make a defensive plea at length and without abbreviation. Pursuant to 18 USCS § 3005, whoever is indicted for treason or other capital crime shall be allowed to make his/her full defense by counsel.

The following is an example of case on full defense:

The defense that the officer, agent, or servant of the municipal corporation was engaged in performing a governmental function shall be a full defense as to the negligence of: (A) Members of the police department engaged in the operation of a motor vehicle while responding to an emergency call. [Sichman v. Kennaley, 1985 Ohio App. LEXIS 9945 (Ohio Ct. App. 1985)].