As seen on:
1610 Southern Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL
Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist
In Florida, you may never use deadly force to defend your property. However, non-deadly force can be used to defend your property from unlawful interference. If a request to stop the unlawful behavior would be enough, non-deadly force may not be used.
Additionally, you cannot use force to regain possession of a property that was wrongfully taken from you unless you are in immediate pursuit of the taker.
Non-deadly force can be used to prevent a felony or serious breach of peace. However, deadly force can only be used to stop or prevent a dangerous felony that could result in the risk to a human.
Non-deadly force should be used by police officers during an arrest. However, they can use deadly force if it is necessary to stop a felon from escaping and the felon has threatened death or serious bodily harm.