In today’s day and age, individuals should have a firm understanding of what Michigan’s version of the “stand your ground law” means and when it can be applied. Michigan is considered an open-carry state which means most residents are permitted to possess a firearm as long as it is not concealed.
Essentially, what this means is that people all across the state have access to deadly weapons and can use them when they feel their life may be threatened. And because many residents in Michigan invoke their right to possess a firearm, you need to know under what circumstances Michigan’s “stand your ground” law can be used as not all situations will allow you to “stand your ground.”
When will Michigan’s stand your ground law provide civil immunity?
When a person fires a deadly weapon such as a handgun, there is a good chance they are going to face criminal charges that carry lengthy jail sentences and hefty fines. However, Michigan’s Self-Defense Actsays that an individual who is “not engaged in the commission of a crime can apply deadly force if they “honestly and reasonably believe that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual.”
An individual can apply deadly force while occupying their home or at a place in which they possess the right to be. The law also says they are not obligated to retreat and can instead, apply deadly force if they believe it is necessary to defend themselves from “the imminent unlawful use of force by another individual.
Stand your ground laws have become rather controversial
In the past, there have been individuals who have used the stand your ground laws to justify their unlawful behavior. This has caused the stand your ground law to gain both support and criticism. The case involving George Zimmerman and Treyvon Martin is a prime example of why the law is questioned and criticized.
In this particular case, Zimmerman had been acting as the neighborhood watch captain who happened to spot Martin walking home from a local convenience store wearing a hoodie. Zimmerman believed the teen was suspicious and approached him. A scuffle broke out between the two and ended with Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, being fatally wounded from the weapon Zimmerman had in his possession.
Have questions pertaining to Michigan’s version of the stand your ground law?
If you or a loved one was charged with a criminal offense in Michigan and you believe you were defending yourself from someone who was threatening your life, you are urged to contact Michigan criminal defense lawyer Stuart R. Shafer.
The Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. is a criminal defense law firm in Lansing that can help you understand the stand your ground law and even provide you with the legal representation you may be needing.
The Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. can be reached at:
1223 Turner Street, #333
Lansing, MI 48906