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In this two-part article, an aggravated assault attorney in Tampa is discussing the complexities of self-defense laws in Florida. In the first part, we provided an overview of self-defense and explained what elements must be present for a person to legally protect themselves from harm. In this part, we will explore this topic further and provide a few examples of the gray areas of this law and how an attorney can be of assistance.
In Florida, a citizen has a right to use non-deadly or deadly force if they are in imminent danger, the threat is real, and they must use force to protect themselves from harm. As a “stand your ground” state, a person that is threatened in Florida doesn’t necessarily have to retreat in order to use this force. However, in many self-defense cases, there is no option for the person to retreat and they must defend themselves from harm. Depending on the circumstances of your case, an experienced aggravated assault lawyer in Tampa can evaluate the facts and determine whether or not there was a justifiable use of force.
Here are a few examples in which a person can use reasonable force as a countermeasure.
Although these are all relatively straightforward examples of self-defense cases, in many cases, self-defense can vary greatly by a few small details that occurred in an incident. Whether it’s debating who provoked the incident, how the incident escalated, whether or not the person “defending themselves” experienced a reasonable level of fear or used reasonable force, an attorney can analyze the details of a case and determine whether or not self-defense was permitted.
At The Rickman Law Firm, a knowledgeable defense attorney can help an accused party obtain relevant evidence related to their case and can present this evidence during their trial. If you are seeking accurate legal counsel and aggressive defense, take action today by consulting an experienced defense attorney.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.