Florida has adopted a very controversial law, commonly referred to as the "stand your ground" law.
If you were forced to resort to violence in self-defense, this law may be extremely important to you. Turn to the highly experienced attorneys at Delgado & Romanik to learn how it may apply in your case. Our lawyers have been rated AV Preeminent*, awarded Avvo's highest rating of 10.0 and honored with numerous other distinctions. We have offices in Daytona Beach and DeLand.
In the past, an individual was legally obligated to retreat from a violent encounter until he or she could not safely retreat any farther. After that point, he or she could meet force with force, e.g., shoot back at someone brandishing a gun. (However, you did not have to retreat if you were in your home or car. This exception was part of the "castle doctrine.")
The state of Florida has recently changed all this. Now the law states that you never have a duty to retreat at all. You can stand your ground and meet force with force. According to the way the law is commonly interpreted, if you believe someone is about to shoot you or seriously harm you, you can shoot him or her first.
If you take a life in self-defense under the "stand your ground" law, you are immune from criminal prosecution. You are also immune from any civil liability.
However, you must go about it in a very specific way. In addition to other legal steps, you must bring a motion before the court explaining that you are filing for immunity under the "stand your ground" law. We can explain exactly what you need to do and how to do it.
For aggressive legal advocacy from Florida "stand your ground" attorneys unafraid to go to trial, turn to Delgado & Romanik today. Call our criminal defense firm at 386.222.6677 or send us an email to arrange a free initial consultation.