Self Defense

Self Defense

In the State of Florida, you can defend yourself or someone else, but it must happen immediately as the attack occurs (taking revenge later isn’t allowed). Furthermore, Under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law, there is no duty to retreat.

 Using Non-Deadly Force: A person is justified in using or threatening to use non-deadly force against another when the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force.

Using Deadly Force: A person is justified in using deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony or to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another.

Facing Rape Charges

Under Florida law, rape becomes a first-degree felony if the victim is threatened with violence, is physically or mentally unable to resist, or if the victim has been given a narcotic in order to render them defenseless.

Those convicted of rape or other sex crimes are required to register as a sex offender, which publicizes their name, picture, nature of conviction, and home address via the internet. Failure to register as a sex offender is itself a crime, a third-degree felony.

Too often, a rape accusation is made when one person merely regrets sexual involvement with another. Also, consensual drug use can exacerbate feelings of regret later, leading one person to accuse the other of rape.

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