Thank you for asking me “What is Self-Defense?”
Unlike Stand Your Ground, which is a motion seeking immunity from prosecution, self-defense is an affirmative defense to a crime and can only be used during a trial.
At trial you must prove that you either could not retreat or that by retreating the danger still existed, and that you reasonably defended yourself, another or your property from an imminent act or threat of violence.
Once you’ve put forth evidence of self-defense the State must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you did not act reasonably under the circumstances, and a jury ultimately gets to decide who was right and who was wrong.
If you were right then you should be found not guilty, but if the jury does not buy your version of events then you are probably going to jail.
This is why you need a skilled and experienced lawyer that can explain these things to you and properly prepare you for them before the fact.
With self-defense your life is on the line, and this is no place for an inexperienced lawyer.
At Michael A. Haber, PA “it’s all about reasonable doubt”!
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