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Florida Self Defense

Below is a complete listing of all relevant Florida statutes, case law and jury instructions. We’ve also provided a plain-talk explanation of these legal documents that anybody can read both in our blog and in “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd edition.” Read them and understand your rights, it’s imperative to your future!

In any defensive encounter there are actually two battles that MUST be won: the attack itself, and the Florida court battle after. Don’t successfully protect yourself from harm only to find your life wasted in jail forever. Know how Florida handles these cases specifically, as well as what to expect regardless of what state you may be in. Stay informed and stay safe.

  • Williams v. State, 674 So.2d 177 (FL Ct. App. 1996)

    Law Case
    Florida
    May 1996

    Williams v. State No. 95-02853. District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District. 674 So.2d 177 May 17, 1996.   Counsel: Dick Lee of Lee & Lee, Sarasota, for Appellant. Robert A. Butterworth, Attorney General, Tallahassee, and Scott A. Browne, Assistant Attorney General, Tampa, for Appellee.   DANAHY, Acting Chief Judge. The appellant was convicted of the second degree murder of Troy Doolin, the owner of the home in which the appellant rented a room. He argues that the trial court erred in submitting the second degree murder charge to the jury since, at most, the evidence proved only the …

  • Williams v. State, 588 So. 2d 44 (FL Ct. App. 1st DCA 1991)

    Law Case
    Florida
    October 1991

    Williams v. State, 588 So. 2d 44 (FL Ct. App. 1st DCA 1991) Court of Appeal of Florida, First District October 24, 1991, Filed Case No. 90-2744 588 So. 2d 44; 1991 Fla. App. LEXIS 10731; 16 Fla. L. Weekly D 2742 TONY ANTHONY WILLIAMS, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee Counsel: Nancy A. Daniels, Public Defender, and Glen P. Gifford, Assistant Public Defender, Tallahassee, for Appellant. Robert A. Butterworth, Attorney General, and Charlie McCoy, Assistant Attorney General, Tallahassee, for Appellee. Judges: Allen, J. Wigginton and Wolf, JJ., concur. Opinion by: ALLEN Tony Anthony Williams raises several points in appealing …

  • Williams v. State, 125 So.3d 879 (FL Ct. App. 2013)

    Law Case
    Florida
    April 2013

    RONALD WILLIAMS, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee. No. 4D10-4237 COURT OF APPEAL OF FLORIDA, FOURTH DISTRICT 125 So. 3d 879; 2013 Fla. App. LEXIS 6541; 38 Fla. L. Weekly D 912 April 24, 2013, Decided COUNSEL: Jonathan R. Kaplan and Richard G. Lubin of Richard G. Lubin, P.A., West Palm Beach, for appellant. Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, Tallahassee, and Mitchell A. Egber, Assistant Attorney General, West Palm Beach, for appellee. JUDGES: GERBER, J. MAY, C.J., WARNER, POLEN, STEVENSON, GROSS, TAYLOR, DAMOORGIAN, CIKLIN, LEVINE, and CONNER, JJ., concur. OPINION BY: GERBER OPINION EN BANC GERBER, J. The defendant appeals …

  • Wiley v. State, 60 So.3d 588 (FL Ct. App. 2011)

    Law Case
    Florida
    May 2011

    Wiley v. State No. 4D09-3272. District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District. 60 So.3d 588 May 18, 2011   Counsel: Carey Haughwout, Public Defender, and Anthony Calvello, Assistant Public Defender, West Palm Beach, for appellant. Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, Tallahassee, and Laura Fisher, Assistant Attorney General, West Palm Beach, for appellee.   POLEN, J. Appellant, Eric Wiley, appeals his judgment, convicting him of second-degree and third-degree murder, and sentencing him to life in prison. We vacate Wiley’s conviction for second-degree murder and remand for resentencing on Wiley’s conviction for third-degree murder. Wiley was charged by information with: Count …

  • Weiand v. State, 732 So.2d 1044 (FL Supreme Court 1999)

    Law Case
    Florida
    March 1999

      WEIAND v. STATE 732 So.2d 1044 (1999) Kathleen WEIAND, Petitioner, v. STATE of Florida, Respondent. No. 91,925. Supreme Court of Florida. March 11, 1999. Rehearing Denied April 30, 1999.   Counsel: James Marion Moorman, Public Defender, and John C. Fisher, Assistant Public Defender, Tenth Judicial Circuit, Bartow, Florida, for Petitioner. Robert A. Butterworth, Attorney General, Robert J. Krauss, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Chief of Criminal Law, and Scott A. Brown, Assistant Attorney General, Tampa, Florida, for Respondent. Peter Margulies, Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida, for Amici Curiae, Center Against Spouse Abuse (CASA), et …

  • Walton v. State, 106 So.3d 522 (FL Ct. App. 2013)

    Law Case
    Florida
    February 2013

    LERONNIE LEE WALTON, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee. CASE NO. 1D10-6776 COURT OF APPEAL OF FLORIDA, FIRST DISTRICT 106 So. 3d 522; 2013 Fla. App. LEXIS 2109; 38 Fla. L. Weekly D 333 February 12, 2013, Opinion Filed COUNSEL: Nancy A. Daniels, Public Defender, and Pamela D. Presnell, Assistant Public Defender, Tallahassee, for Appellant. Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, and Samuel A. Perrone, Assistant Attorney General, Tallahassee, for Appellee. JUDGES: MARSTILLER, J. WOLF, DAVIS, VAN NORTWICK, PADOVANO, LEWIS, THOMAS, ROBERTS, CLARK, WETHERELL, ROWE, RAY and MAKAR, JJ., CONCUR. BENTON, C.J., CONCURS IN AN OPINION JOINED BY SWANSON, J. OPINION …

  • Walker v. Florida, 957 So.2d 560 (FL Supreme Court 2007)

    Law Case
    Florida

    Walker v. Florida No. SC04-2381. Supreme Court of Florida. 957 So.2d 560 May 3, 2007   Counel: Baya Harrison, Monticello, Florida, for Appellant. Bill McCollum, Attorney General, Tallahassee, Florida and Barbara C. Davis, Assistant Attorney General, Daytona Beach, Florida, for Appellee.   PER CURIAM.  Robert Shannon Walker, II appeals his 2004 convictions and death sentence for the assault, kidnapping, and murder of David Hamman. We have jurisdiction. See art. V, § 3(b)(1), Fla. Const. For the reasons expressed below, we affirm Walker’s convictions and death sentence. ACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND This case involves the drug-related beating, torture, kidnapping, and ultimate …

  • Tramel v. State, 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 6987 (FL Ct. App. 2015)

    Law Case
    Florida
    May 2015

    Tramel v. State, 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 6987 (FL Ct. App. 2015) MICHAEL TRAMEL, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee. CASE NO. 1D13-2285 COURT OF APPEAL OF FLORIDA, FIRST DISTRICT 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 6987 May 12, 2015, Opinion Filed COUNSEL: Nancy A. Daniels, Public Defender, and Courtenay H. Miller, Assistant Public Defender, Tallahassee, for Appellant. Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, and Trisha Meggs Pate, Assistant Attorney General, Tallahassee, for Appellee. JUDGES: ROBERTS, MARSTILLER and SWANSON, JJ., CONCUR. OPINION PER CURIAM. Michael Tramel seeks reversal of his convictions and sentences for attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly …

  • Thompson v. State, 552 So.2d 264 (FL Ct. App. 1989)

    Law Case
    Florida
    November 1989

    Thompson v. State, 552 So.2d 264 (FL Ct. App. 1989) THOMPSON v. STATE NO. 88-02910. 552 So.2d 264 (1989) Johnny Lacey THOMPSON, Appellant, v. STATE of Florida, Appellee. District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District. November 8, 1989. Counsel: James Marion Moorman, Public Defender, and Julius J. Aulisio, Asst. Public Defender, Bartow, for appellant. Robert A. Butterworth, Atty. Gen., Tallahassee, and Peggy A. Quince, Asst. Atty. Gen., Tampa, for appellee. LEHAN, Judge. Defendant appeals from his convictions for aggravated battery and aggravated assault. The convictions stemmed from an incident in which defendant twice shot Edward Clifton. One of the …

  • Swearingden v. State, 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 6971 (FL Ct. App. 2015)

    Law Case
    Florida
    May 2015

    Swearingden v. State, 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 6971 (FL Ct. App. 2015) JOHN SWEARINGDEN, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee. CASE NO. 1D14-146 COURT OF APPEAL OF FLORIDA, FIRST DISTRICT 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 6971 May 12, 2015, Opinion Filed COUNSEL: Nancy A. Daniels, Public Defender, and Courtenay H. Miller, Assistant Public Defender, Tallahassee, for Appellant.Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, and Angela R. Hensel, Assistant Attorney General, Tallahassee, for Appellee. JUDGES: CLARK, WETHERELL, and RAY, JJ., CONCUR. OPINION PER CURIAM. Appellant was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for stabbing a man in the head with …

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