Iowa J.I. Crim. § 400.14 (2018)

Iowa Criminal Jury Instructions


400.14 Provocation – Disproportionate Force

Concerning element number ____ of Instruction No._____, though a person who provokes the use of force against [himself] [herself] is not justified, there is an exception.

If the defendant provoked the use of force, but (name of victim) used force greatly disproportionate to the provocation and it was so great that the defendant reasonably believed [he] [she] was in imminent danger of death or injury, [he] [she] is not considered to have provoked the incident and [his] [her] acts would be justified.