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Castle Doctrine

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The New Hampshire law relating to people defending themselves while in their homes, sometimes called the "castle doctrine", is found in RSA 627. This is a criminal statute titled “Justification” and relates to the appropriate use of self-defense in a variety of situations. Specifically, RSA 627:7 covers defending one’s home or premises, i.e. the castle doctrine. Castle doctrine laws are related to, but are not the same as, stand-your-ground laws. Read "The Castle Doctrine and Stand-Your-Ground Law" for an explanation of the difference.

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