Iowa J.I. Crim. § 400.6 (2018)

Iowa Criminal Jury Instructions


400.6 Justification – Elements – Resisting A Forcible Felony

A person is justified in using reasonable force against someone committing a forcible felony to prevent completion of the felony if [he] [she] knows a (name of forcible felony) is being committed.

If the State has proved any one of the following elements, the defendant was not justified:

1. The defendant knew (name of forcible felony) was not being committed by (name of victim).

2. The defendant did not believe the force was necessary to prevent the (name of forcible felony).

3. The defendant did not have reasonable grounds for the belief.

4. The force used by the defendant was unreasonable.