As a responsibly armed Wisconsinite, you may be curious as to how the Castle Doctrine applies to your home and self-defense.

If you are not a resident of Wisconsin, you can also check out the USCCA’s Gun Laws by State tool that highlights every state’s laws.

In this week’s “Ask an Attorney” video, Attorney Tom Grieve discusses the Castle Doctrine law in his (and the USCCA’s) home state of Wisconsin.

What You Need to Know About Wisconsin’s Castle Doctrine

As of the time of filming, Wisconsin’s Castle Doctrine applies in any of the following three areas: your dwelling, your business or your automobile. Important to note here is that you need to physically be in these locations. Castle Doctrine does not apply if you are outside of any of the mentioned sites.

An important triggering condition for Wisconsin’s Castle Doctrine is that the criminal must have broken into or be in the process of breaking into your home, business or vehicle.

When claiming Castle Doctrine in Wisconsin, you have the legal presumption of acting in self-defense. If someone has broken into or was in the process of breaking into the previously mentioned locations, your legal team doesn’t need to show that you were in imminent fear of death or great bodily harm. Instead, the team simply needs to show that the triggering criteria for Castle Doctrine were met.

To learn more about Wisconsin’s Castle Doctrine law, be sure to check out the video included on this page. For more information about Wisconsin’s gun laws, check out our Concealed Carry Reciprocity & Gun Laws Map for Wisconsin.

About Tom Grieve, Grieve Law

Tom Grieve is one of the most respected criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin. A highly awarded former prosecutor, he started Grieve Law, LLC, which is one of the top criminal defense firms in the state. He developed a nuanced knowledge of Wisconsin firearms law. Tom has also received his certification as a firearms instructor and participates as a speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, national expos and training videos. He is even serving as a speaker and analyst on numerous TV and radio stations as well as on college and law school campuses.


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