We often take it for granted that the law is on our side when an intruder breaks into our home. There are many factors that may be in play in this scenario, and in the heat of the moment, it is rarely possible to take the time to research your legal rights. Each state maintains different laws that define a person’s rights in their home, and Florida is no different.
If you recently found yourself facing a home invader, or if you simply worry about how you may respond if someone breaks into your home, it is wise to consult with an attorney. An experienced defense attorney has a professional understanding of the law appropriate to help you scrutinize the details of your circumstances and protect your rights.
Florida allows you to defend yourself with force, and does not require you to retreat, as some other states may do. However, this is not a blank check to kill an intruder with impunity. Depending on the actions you take, or the level of threat posed by an intruder, you may face additional difficulties with the law.
You have the right to defend yourself, but always keep in mind that real human lives hang in the balance of your split-second decisions. Should you confront an intruder in your home, be mindful that the law is rarely casual when it comes to one person killing another. In the unfortunate event that you do shoot and kill an intruder in your home, you should take the matter very seriously and call the authorities immediately, as well as an attorney who can help you defend your legal rights and your future.
Source: FindLaw, “May I Shoot an Intruder?,” accessed Sep. 22, 2017