LAW 535-001 – Criminal Law

Duress


Duress is an excuse defense when one reasonable believes that committing a crime is:

  1. His only way of rebuffing a
  2. Credible and
  3. Imminent
  4. Threat of death or grievous bodily injury to himself or a member of his family,
  5. While not being at fault for creating the coercive situation.

A crime committed under duress is committed to further the criminal activity of the aggressor, not to resist him.