What Is ‘Stand Your Ground?’

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Is Castle Doctrine different than “stand your ground?” When do I know which one is applicable? Former State Prosecutor Tom Grieve answers these common questions from firearms owners in this week’s “Ask a Self-Defense Attorney” video.

What Is ‘Stand Your Ground?’

“Stand your ground” is different from Castle Doctrine in where each applies. Castle Doctrine, depending on the laws where you live, only applies to your dwelling (apartment, condo, house, etc.). It can also sometimes apply to your vehicle or place of business.

If you’re on the street or in a parking lot, Castle Doctrine does not apply. That’s where “stand your ground” comes in. If someone is threatening you, and your state has “stand your ground” laws, there is no duty to retreat. You can protect yourself or your loved ones against a deadly threat.

About Tom Grieve & Grieve Law

Tom Grieve is a highly awarded former state prosecutor who started Grieve Law, LLC, which is now one of the largest criminal-defense firms in Wisconsin. He is respected as one of the top criminal-defense lawyers in the state and has developed a nuanced understanding of Wisconsin firearms laws throughout his years of experience. Although Tom’s legal background speaks for itself, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty, receiving his certification as a firearms instructor, participating as a regular speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, training videos and national expos, and even serving as a speaker and analyst on numerous radio stations, television stations, and both college and law school campuses.

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