Long before there were “Stand Your Ground” Laws, there were Castle Doctrine laws that allowed a person to use reasonable force, including deadly force, to defend his or her property, person, or another.  According to the law, a person has no duty to retreat when he or she is in their home or “castle.” 

These laws establish a home as a place where a person has certain protections and immunities and allows a persons, under certain circumstances, to attack an intruder.  Typically, deadly force is considered justified homicide only in cases when an individually reasonably feared imminent peril of death or serious bodily harm to his or herself or another.

Stand Your Ground Laws take Castle Laws a step further and allows a person to defend themselves, when they fear danger, even if it outside of their home. 

The biggest thing to remember in situations like this is regardless of whether or not a person claims self-defense, if a person shoots another person there will be an investigation.

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