Perfect Self Defense Law and Legal Definition

Perfect self-defense is the use of force by one who accurately appraises the necessity and the amount of force to repel an attack. It meets all of the generally accepted legal conditions for such a claim to be valid. Perfect self defense requires that when deadly force is used the defendant reasonably believed it to be necessary to kill the decedent, to avert imminent death or great bodily harm, and the defendant was not the initial aggressor nor was responsible for provoking the fatal confrontation.