ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said because of recent crimes committed, it’s important for people to understand when it’s appropriate to act in self defense and when it’s not.
The district attorney said this law, called “Stand Your Ground Law,” has been around for years, but some people may be confused about when to use deadly force when in a dispute or when a victim of a crime.
“Stand Your Ground” means you can defend yourself wherever you are, only if deadly force is brought against you, Edwards said.
This means if a person comes to you looking to kill or cause bodily harm, you can defend yourself.
Edwards said in years past, people would have to try to run away before acting out, but in 2006, the “Stand Your Ground Law” was revised.
This is a fundamental issue, Edwards pointed out, and people should understand you could face serious jail time if you retaliate without harm being done to you first.
“In some instances where people use deadly force and a person is killed or hurt, they are subject to lawsuits even if there’s no crime that’s been determined by a court or a jury or a judge,” Edwards said.
Edwards said above all, he encourages everyone to take reasonable actions to step away from all violent situations.
By doing this it could keep you from being behind bars and out of serious trouble, the district attorney added.