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How Do I “Stand My Ground”?

ToughWhen met with possible harm, it is a natural instinct to feel the need to protect yourself, your home and your family. There are laws that make it possible to do just this, and not face the possibility of criminal charges against you. The problem is that the laws are not clear and this creates difficulty in proving the motive for your actions.

No one knows better than George Zimmerman the problems with the Stand Your Ground law, and it seems there are no answers to this complex legal issue today any more than there were a few short years ago. The most recent Floridian to find herself in a battle over whether her actions were justified is Janepsy Carballo. The Miami woman is charged with a revenge killing, but insists she was acting… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Stand Your Ground: The Defense of Self Defense

BoxingNowhere more than in Florida is the spotlight on self-defense. Time and again defendants are claiming they’ve acted out of self-defense. But with high profile cases, media frenzy and attention given to nearly every move made, being successful when claiming self-defense is an increasingly difficult task. The legal professionals at the Ferraro Law Group are skilled at clearing the hurdles in place when advancing a defense of self-defense.

A recent story shows using the stand your ground law is being used with more frequency. While the Treyvon Martin case may have put the spotlight on the law, there are others availing themselves of the right to self-defense. Marissa Alexander recently learned her ability to claim self-defense will soon be decided. Alexander’s case includes:

● Three counts of aggravated assault.

● Alexander’s claim that she was simply firing a warning shot during an incident with her… Continue reading