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Your right to defend your business

On Behalf of | May 25, 2014 | Criminal Law

It’s scary to think about how easily your home can be invaded. If you have a licensed gun, you can and should do what you have to in order to defend your home and family. The same rules can apply for a business. 

Just this morning, Orange County deputies confirmed a shooting at a used car lot, after the owner caught a burglar attempting to break in. Investigators say the owner saw the man go inside and fired at him. Detectives are not clear if the owner fired off a warning shot first, or if he meant to shoot the thief right away.

While the suspect survived and was taken to the hospital for medical treatment of the gunshot wound to his back, the victim of the break-in will have some questions to answer for.

The state of Florida is very strong in defending law abiding citizens who have a right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. More information would have to come out for the shooter to be in seriously trouble. He will still need an attorney just in case something pops up. For instance, what if the shooter and the burglar know one another? In FL, potential victims of a life-threatening assault inside their own home can use deadly force on their would-be assailant. It’s called the “castle doctrine”. But does the “castle doctrine” apply to businesses? 

They say a man’s home is his castle, and I guess so is his business. Some states apply the “Castle Doctrine” only to the home, while other states extend those rights to businesses as well. Florida happens to be one of those states that count your business as your property.  



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