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Category: Stand Your Ground Law


JAN. 20 2017
31% More Florida Gun Murders Since “Stand Your Ground” Enacted
31% More Florida Gun Murders Since “Stand Your Ground” Enacted

Building a defense for murder charges is not easy, but in Florida, defendants have it easier than most. The controversial “Stand Your Ground” law is a well-known defense for anyone who has been accused of unlawfully using deadly force. It is a defense that has allowed many to walk free from assault and even murder charges.

 

Stand Your Ground is not a new law, but it became truly controversial when changes were made in 2005. Previously, defendants had to prove that they had attempted to retreat or flee from the victim before using deadly force. In 2005, Florida dropped …

APR. 26 2016
Understanding “Stand Your Ground” and “Justifiable Use of Force” Laws (Part II)
Understanding “Stand Your Ground” and “Justifiable Use of Force” Laws (Part II)

When Can an Individual Use Non-Deadly Force Against Another?

 

The previous article, Understanding Florida’s Stand Your Ground and Justifiable Use of Force Laws (Part I) focused on the legal premise of the individual’s right to use deadly force for self-defense. Because “Stand Your Ground,” “Justifiable Use of Deadly Force” and “Justifiable Use of Non-Deadly Force” laws are so important, and because understanding these laws may someday save your life or the life of another, or prevent a tragic or unwanted result, we would like to provide additional information on these topics, starting with the use of non-deadly force.

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APR. 19 2016
Understanding Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” and “Justifiable Use of Force” Laws (Part I)
Understanding Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” and “Justifiable Use of Force” Laws (Part I)

Update: We’ve further elaborated on this subject in Part II of this post. 

 

In 2005, Florida enacted the country’s first “Stand Your Ground” laws. Basically, these justify an individual whose life is in imminent danger and/or who is confronted with deadly force to:

 

  • Stand their ground
  • Not retreat
  • Shoot first

 

These laws fall under Chapter 776, Florida Statutes, entitled “Justifiable Use of Force.” Hopefully you’ll never find yourself in a position where you need to protect yourself or others with deadly force, but if you do, a basic understanding of the topics can potentially be …