Use of Force

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…

How does Florida Law Define Force & Deadly Force?

December 24, 2018

By David S. Katz Force There is no specific definition of “force” in Florida’s “Justifiable Use of Force” chapter. (Florida Statutes §776.012(1)). Florida Standard Criminal Jury Instruction 3.6(g) defines non-deadly force as “force not likely to cause death or great bodily harm.” If we boil this definition down, force may be described as unwanted physical contact…

Volunteer Armed Church Security

December 11, 2018

Florida law changed on June 30, 2021. This article has been updated to include the change in Florida Law. Volunteer Armed Church Security Force Can a group of CWFL holders join together to act as an organized, volunteer armed church security force, even if uncompensated?  Can a CWFL holder even carry a weapon at a…

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