Should there be a limit to the level of force used in self defense? Once you've stopped an attacker you must stop your use of force, you can't continue to beat on somebody once they're down. That makes sense, and is reasonable if you ask me. However, what I find questionable is whether or not you should get in trouble for using the level of force that you used before you stopped your attacker. The idea that there should be no limit to the level of force you can use against your attacker before you stop them, is that a good idea?