What Are Michigan’s Stand Your Ground Laws?

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The laws regarding self-defense vary from state to state. In Michigan, individuals are allowed to use deadly force to protect themselves if they believe their life is in danger.

Michigan’s “Stand Your Ground” law states that an individual has no duty to retreat if they feel unlawfully threatened by another. This is true no matter where they are. This is different than Michigan’s “Castle Doctrine” law, which allows individuals to use deadly force against another, but only if they have broken into their home.

The “Stand Your Ground” law is designed to protect the public and decrease the incidence of violent crimes. It is believed that individuals will be less likely to commit acts of violence if they are putting their own life at risk by doing so.

Michigan and Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws are very similar. Other states that have adopted similar laws include South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Kansas, and Mississippi.

“Stand Your Ground” Laws Protect Victims From Serious Crimes

“Stand Your Ground” laws protect victims from being charged for defending themselves. However, this does not mean that individuals can shoot without reason. Under the law, individuals have the right to act in self defense only if they are legally in a place or location that they are allowed to be, they are not engaged in the commission of a crime, and they have a genuine reason to believe that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent death, bodily harm, or the sexual assault of themself or another individual.

“Stand Your Ground” laws give victims the power to act in a stressful situation without worry that a judge or jury will scrutinize their actions after the event.

Contact an Experienced Attorney

If you have been charged with a crime of violence and you believe that you were acting out in self-defense, it’s crucial that you contact an experienced attorney. Even a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery could have a significant impact on your life. Chris Kessel Law can help you determine if the facts support a claim of self-defense.

With over 10 years of practicing law, Chris Kessel has become one of the most well respected and trial tested attorneys in the Metro Detroit area. Chris began his legal career as an Associate Defender at the Legal Aid & Defender Officer of Wayne County, one of the busiest public defender officers in the United States. In his 3 years at LADA Chris represented clients in over 700 felony cases. Initially Chris was assigned cases involving various drug charges, assault and battery charges, weapons and firearms charges, and drunk driving charges.

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