We have spoken before in this blog about the concept of self-defense. It is a legal defense that may be available to a person charged with violent crimes such as murder and manslaughter. The principle behind self-defense is that we all have the right to do what is necessary to protect ourselves from mortal danger.
Traditionally, in order to successfully invoke self-defense, a defendant generally had to show that escaping the threat of imminent physical harm was not possible. But like several other states, Michigan has a law that expands the right to self-defense. Known as a “stand-your-ground” law, it removes the requirement to seek retreat as the first option. Instead, someone can use deadly force against another individual as long as: