Wrongful Death of Teenager - Part 1
It's been a couple weeks since the wrongful death shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida and every day on the news there is a report on the killing, mainly questions as to why there has been no arrest in this case as of yet. I've been doing some research on the "Stand Your Ground Law" and I will put the statutes for you to review and draw your own conclusion.
The 2011 Florida Statutes
Chapter 776 JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE
776.013 Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.—
1) A person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if:
(a) The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered, a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that person’s will from the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle; and
(b) The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred.
(2) The presumption set forth in subsection (1) does not apply if: (a) The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the dwelling, residence, or vehicle, such as an owner, lessee, or titleholder, and there is not an injunction for protection from domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against that person; or
(a) The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the dwelling, residence, or vehicle, such as an owner, lessee, or titleholder, and there is not an injunction for protection from domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against that person; or
(b) The person or persons sought to be removed is a child or grandchild, or is otherwise in the lawful custody or under the lawful guardianship of, the person against whom the defensive force is used; or
(c) The person who uses defensive force is engaged in an unlawful activity or is using the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle to further an unlawful activity; or
(d) The person against whom the defensive force is used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who enters or attempts to enter a dwelling, residence, or vehicle in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person entering or attempting to enter was a law enforcement officer.
This is just the first 2 points in the statute, there is a total of 5, the last 3 I will include later on this week, I want you to review these statutes and look at the Martin's case. As an Attorney practicing in Fort Lauderdale for over 10 years, I have represented cases of wrongful death and personal injury with success. I have ensured that their loved ones get closure and justice is served on behalf of their loved ones. Should you or a loved one be a victim of wrongful death please do not hesitate to contact anyone of our offices located in Fort Lauderdale and its environs, for your free consultation via telephone 954 431 8100 or 305 624 9186 or online.