Penal Code §9.43: Protection of Another's Property
According to PC §9.43, you are justified in using force or deadly force against another person to protect the land or tangible, movable property of a third person if BOTH of the following are true.
- You would be justified in using force or deadly force to protect your own land or property under §9.41 or §9.42.
- You reasonably believe that the unlawful interference constitutes attempted or consummated theft of or criminal mischief to the tangible, movable property or you reasonably believe that:
- The third person has asked you to protect the land or property or…
- You have a legal duty to protect the third person’s land or property or…
- You are using force or deadly force to protect the land or property of a relative (spouse, parent, or child) or a person who lives with you or is under your care.