A recent case from a Florida state court has created more discussion about controversial “stand your ground” laws. These laws are really just a smaller part of the larger criminal law question of what the self-defense rights are of someone who is attacked, and when someone can legally claim self-defense.
The Right to Self Defense
In Maryland, as in most other states, there is a right to take whatever reasonable actions are necessary to protect ourselves and our family from physical violence. There must be a situation where someone would reasonably feel threatened, and the actions taken in self-defense must also be reasonable. The force used must also be proportional to the perceived risk.