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What is a "stand your ground" law?

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A "stand your ground" law gives citizens the right to defend themselves in certain circumstances without the duty to first retreat. Under this law, citizens have the right to use force to defend themselves in instances of imminent danger without first attempting to flee, according to Find Law.

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Twenty-three states have a "stand your ground" law in place, according to Find Law. In these states, a claim of self defense under this law provides immunity from prosecution. A self-defense plea at an assault trial under a "stand your ground" law typically never goes to trial. Eighteen states specify that there is a duty to retreat.

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