How Long Can You “Stand Your Ground”?

stopwatchThe Stand Your Ground Law is well-known throughout the country. Several states have a version of this defense that allows a person to protect their body and home from mortal danger, by returning fire. But, like most rights, if you are a convicted felon you may not be able to take advantage of this defense. Maybe

Ever since George Zimmerman “stood his ground” and the death of Trayvon Martin was the result, the Courts have been flooded with issues surrounding this defense. The time is ripe for a decision on this important issue. A recent ruling has proved controversial and could have wide reaching impact:

● The Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms is not a constitutional provision the Courts take lightly.

● The 4th District Court of Appeal recently ruled a felon may use the stand your ground defense.

The problem? A felon is usually prohibited from possession of a firearm. In fact, in some cases it would be a violation of probation to possess a gun. If found to be in possession while on probation, the defendant would likely have their probation revoked and face the initial charges that prompted the probationary period. And consider this wrinkle, if the stand your ground defense is being offered it is possible the defendant was not only violating probation by possessing the gun, but perhaps by engaging in the activity that necessitated use of the firearm. While the basic concept of the defense that you are permitted to meet deadly force with deadly force would seem to absolve a person using this defense of any criminal wrongdoing, that is not always how the cases end. To find a way of this legal maze and the criminal charges against you, it is vital to call a skilled criminal defense attorney. A thorough investigation into the facts and circumstances of your case, how you came into possession of a gun, and whether doing so is a violation of probation with felony conviction implications must be made. Call one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys for help.

If you need help with a probation violation, weapons charge, or other criminal defense matter, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We offer aggressive representation for all the charges against you. The first visit is a free initial consultation. Call today to schedule an appointment.

 

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