SC JI Cr § 6-16 Duress/Coercion – Defense
South Carolina Requests to Charge – Criminal (2018)
PART VI DEFENSES
§ 6-16 Duress/Coercion – Defense
The defendant has raised the defense of duress or coercion.
To establish duress which will excuse a criminal act, the degree of coercion must be present, imminent, and of such a nature as to induce a well-grounded apprehension of death or serious bodily harm if the act is not done. Coercion is no defense if there is any reasonable way, other than committing the crime, to escape the threat of harm. The fear of injury must be reasonable.