Gentle Reader A Soldiers Girl asks:
Do you have a post covering the general statutes on defending your house, in Texas?
We've had several break-ins in the neighborhood and we're simply looking to understand what we are and are not allowed to do if someone breaks in while we are home.
Always a Good Thing to know.
Use of Force and Deadly Force is covered in the Texas Penal Code, specifically Chapter Nine of that Code.
In that Chapter, pay particular attention to 9.32 -- which states that Texas does not require a homeowner to retreat inside of his own habitation -- and 9.42, which justifies the use of Deadly Force to protect property.
That being said -- and I cannot stress this strongly enough -- check with your local District Attorney to see how he (or she) regards Chapter 9.
Unfortunately, in some parts of Texas we have District Attorneys who have announced their intention of prosecuting folks for actions which the Texas Legislature has already sanctioned.
As always, this advice is worth exactly what you paid for it.
ps: Be sure to read Senate Bill 378, signed into law by the Texas Governor and effective as of Sept 1, 2007. Don't know how I forgot about that one, but thanks to William the Coroner for reminding me.