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Apprehension

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The seizure and arrest of a person who is suspected of having committed a crime.

A reasonable belief of the possibility of imminent injury or death at the hands of another that justifies a person acting in SELF-DEFENSE against the potential attack.

An apprehension of attack is an element of the defense of self-defense that can be used in a criminal prosecution for ASSAULT AND BATTERY, MANSLAUGHTER, or murder. An individual who acts under apprehension of attack does not have to fear injury. It is sufficient that there is a likeli-hood of actual injury to justify the person's taking steps to protect himself or herself.

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