Americans across the country are rightfully angered by the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. The African American was 17-year old, and unarmed when he was shot. Mr. Zimmerman has said he shot Mr. Martin in self-defense, saying that the 17 year old had struck him twice. The specific law being cited by Mr. Zimmerman is Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law which gives those being attacked the right to use lethal force to protect them. The law is similar to other stand your ground statutes the National Rifle Association has lobbied to get passed across the country. Even Nevada has a version of the stand your ground law – which enables someone whose home has been breached to defend himself or those he believe are in danger. If you have been injured or a loved one has suffered from wrongful death in Las Vegas, and you believe the person in incorrectly being shielded by a Nevada castle doctrine bill, contact Benson and Bingham for a free legal consultation today.
Nevada’s stand your ground or castle doctrine law does not go as far to protect the shooter as the Florida law. In Florida, should someone claim they were standing their ground while being attacked, the police have no duty or requirement to arrest and detain the assailant. In Nevada, for someone to claim self-defense, the attack on them must be unprovoked. In addition, the Nevadan trying to defend themselves must be acting on fears that must be deemed reasonable. Finally, the Las Vegan must fear death or significant bodily harm, with deadly force being the only way the attack can be stopped. This is a significantly hirhger burden than the Florida law – so, if a Nevadan you love was murdered and the assailant wrongfully claims self-defense, the personal injury attorneys at Benson and Bingham could help you receive reimbursement for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills.