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Can I justify shooting someone by standing my ground if I was in fear?


Probably, yes. In the nine years since it was passed, Florida's "stand your ground' law is being invoked with unexpected frequency, in ways no one at first imagined. Those who invoke "stand your ground" to avoid prosecution have been very successful. Nearly 70 percent have gone free, as was demonstrated by an analysis of nearly 200 "stand your ground" cases by the Tampa Bay Times in 2012. As a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, I have successfully represented individuals charged with murder by using the stand your ground defense.

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