Stand Your Ground

Immunity from Prosecution

May 27, 2022

Self-Defense Immunity from Prosecution Whenever the police respond to a scene where force or deadly force was used, there will be an investigation. In self-defense scenarios, the police will have to determine whether lawful self-defense was used. It is crucial to understand what to do After Using Deadly Force. If all goes well, how will…

A Client’s True Road Rage Incident – Part 1

May 20, 2022

This story is a true retelling of a road rage incident and the court battle that followed. The clients name has been changed to protect his identity. Mitch called the U.S. LawShield Emergency Hotline and spoke with attorney David Katz This was the second time Mitch Smith needed help since he joined U.S. LawShield.  The…

A Self-Defense Nightmare – How disabilities affect self-defense!

October 13, 2020

We are often asked how a person’s disabilities affect self-defense and their rights. Recently, fellow Floridian, Jason Dames, was released from jail after spending two years waiting for trial on second degree murder charges stemming from the self-defense shooting of his attacker.  On September 1, 2018, Dames and his cousin were walking to a local…

When Rioters Surround Your Car

July 24, 2020

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution bestows on us “…the right of the people to peaceably assemble…” in order to express our opinions and to give meaning to freedom of speech.  Unfortunately, some people have recently turned peaceable assemblies into violent riots.  During these troubling times, we have received emails and calls regarding…

Stand Your Ground in Florida

December 26, 2018

In 2005 Florida created the nation’s first “Stand your Ground Law.”  The 2005 version of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Statute, which was found in §776.013(3) read: “A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty…

The Castle Doctrine in Florida

December 25, 2018

By David S. Katz The term “Castle Doctrine” does not appear in Florida law, however, the legal concept comes from the philosophy that every person is a King or Queen of his or her “castle.” As such, no king or queen is required to retreat before using force or deadly force against an intruder in…

Castle Doctrine vs Stand Your Ground

September 25, 2018

People often confuse the Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground Statute. Although both laws are found in Florida Statute 776.013, there are differences between the two. The Castle doctrine gives an individual who is in their dwelling, residence or vehicle two presumptions. The first presumption is that a person will be presumed to have held…

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