With the current headline grabbing self-defense case in Florida, it is important for lawyers and legal professionals to know the particulars of home-defense legislation throughout the United States. The rights afforded to attackees differ wildly from state to state, with some having no such clauses and other areas leaving the rules open to interpretation. Lawyers who are relocating to Texas should be especially careful, because castle laws are often very complicated and can easily be misconstrued. Consider the following brief overview of Texas statutes.
The Castle Doctrine law, also known as Texas Senate Bill 378, is responsible for governing the behavior of citizens who feel threatened by an attacking person. The bill takes its name from the assumption that people’s homes are their castles, and they therefore have the right to defend any property that they own. This includes a store (or even a car) and extends to the land surrounding them. For example, if a Texan is standing on his front lawn, he is legally allowed to be there and may defend it accordingly.
However, certain conditions need to be met before a person can fight back. In court, it must be proven that unprovoked force was being used by the attacker and that the defendant was not engaged in any criminal activity themselves, according to My San Antonio.
Lawyers who specialize in defense and criminal law must be aware of the details of this law when entering the Texas market. If you are considering a move to Texas, the best legal recruitment firms can provide you with job search strategies and unique advice to aid in the process. Contact the attorney headhunters at Kinney Recruiting to jump start your career today!
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