Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law provides a criminal defendant immunity from prosecution in circumstances where the individual uses deadly force in protecting themselves, their families, or others from attackers. Under Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, a person is justified in using force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. A person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if the person is in a place that he/she has the right to be, is not engaged in criminal activity, and if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.
Florida’s Stand your Ground Law has been controversial since its passage in 2005. Under this law a Judge may dismiss the charges against a defendant if it is proven that the force used against the person who was injured or killed was justified. At a recent Stand Your Ground hearing, Attorney Anthony Rickman argued that his client, a former Army Private, charged with Murder is immune from prosecution and therefore his murder charges should be dismissed. This case gained local and national attention. To read more about this stand your ground case you can read some of the media reports below. If you have been arrested or accused of a crime as a result of you defending yourself contact The Rickman Law Firm for a free consultation.