The Crowley Law Firm PLLC, criminal defense attorneys practicing in Washington State, with offices in Yakima, WA, is well aware of the defense for clients under the “stand your ground” doctrine. However it came to be may surprise you. An excellent piece from KNDU in Spokane gives this now controversial doctrine some context.
“In Washington, it came from our State Supreme Court, not our legislature, but it specifically states that a person does not have a duty to retreat. In other words, they have the right to stand their ground if they’re faced with a felony threat or the threat of violence and defend themselves,” says Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller.”
Called the “Castle Doctrine,” the right to “not retreat” has been in force through rulings in the State Supreme Court as long as Washington has been a state. It’s application in cases has been both technical and from a criminal defense perspective unevenly applied. In light of the recent Trayvon martin case in Florida, it is worth look to see how Washington State handles this unique circumstance.
John Crowley is a Seattle defense lawyer with over twenty years experience in criminal defense law and stays up-to-date on trends in order to serve his clients more effectively.