Was I acting in self-defense?
In 2005, Florida became the first US state to pass a “stand-your-ground” law. This legislation is particularly important to individuals who wish to plea self-defense. According to the 2005 law, citizens are granted the power to use any measure of force to protect any persons without first retreating from a threat—in other words, citizens may stand-their-ground rather than being forced to run away from a threat.
Were you acting in self-defense?
A few things to consider:
- Was the threat imminent?
- Were you protecting personal property?
- Did you fear imminent physical harm?
- Did you provoke a measure of self-defense that matched the severity of the imminent threat?
- Were you attempting to prevent imminent death or great bodily injury to yourself or another person?
If the answer to any of the above questions is “yes,” you could plead self-defense.
Florida laws are constantly changing. It is in your best interest to seek professional assistance in any criminal case. Pinellas County attorney, Sonny Im, is an exceptional solution to any legal challenge you may face. Contact his office directly at: 727-939-8200
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