Governor Sean Parnell signed a bill on June 21, 2013, that would permit people to use deadly force in self-defense in any place they have a right to be even if they have the opportunity to retreat. Alaska self-defense law currently states that people must attempt to withdraw from a confrontation if they have the opportunity to do so before using deadly force in self-defense. The bill signed by Parnell would change that if passed. It permits people to respond with deadly force even if they have an opportunity to withdraw from the confrontation, provided they have a right to be at the location where the confrontation occurred. This is often referred to as the “Stand Your Ground” law that has received much attention in light of the Trayvon Martin trial in Florida, where a neighborhood watch volunteer shot the teenager and is claiming self-defense.
If you have been charged with an assault crime, contact the criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Ben Crittenden at 907-771-9002. We have experience in self-defense cases and will vigorously defend your case. You can visit our Criminal Defense page, Frequently Asked Questions page, or Blog page for more information.