There are times when a person in Spokane who is being threatened with harm needs to act in self-defense. While state law varies, in general self-defense can be defined as the lawful use of physical force that counteracts a violent act at a sufficient level in order to keep from being harmed. This general definition does raise some questions, however.
First of all, in order to claim self-defense the threat against a person must be imminent. This means that the person must be put in an immediate fear of being physically injured or killed. The threat can be spoken, but it still must be cause someone to believe there will be an imminent physical injury or fatality. Also, self-defense is only lawful for as long as the threat is present. It the threat ends, self-defense cannot be used.