Understanding Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law
Florida’s stand-your-ground law allows individuals to protect themselves against bodily harm. However, successfully making a self-defense argument is challenging, and the consequences of a conviction are severe. It is critical to contact a lawyer with a comprehensive understanding of Florida’s self-defense laws.
Since 1993, McIntosh Law has helped individuals throughout Florida establish a strong self-defense argument against criminal charges. Our team of attorneys collaborates to identify the best course of action for your case. Whether through negotiation or during litigation in court, we will always take the necessary steps to secure a favorable result on your behalf.
What Is Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law?
Florida became the first state in the nation to pass a stand-your-ground law in 2005. The underlying purpose of this law was to allow individuals to use force in self-defense without having to first retreat.
Florida law allows individuals to use or threaten to use non-deadly force if that person believes this conduct is necessary to defend themselves.
In order for someone to legally use deadly force against another individual, someone must reasonably believe that the force is needed to prevent either imminent death or great bodily harm. Someone may also use deadly force in order to prevent a forcible felony from occurring.
Everyone has a right to defend themselves and their loved ones. Our attorneys have provided strong legal representation to individuals facing weapons charges and violent criminal charges. We work closely with clients throughout Florida to identify how best to defend your rights. We conduct our own investigations to help you determine whether a stand-your-ground defense applies to your case.