You’ve probably heard the saying, “A man’s home is his
castle,” but does a homeowner have any legal rights to protect their
castle, their family, and their belongings in it? The castle doctrine,
also known as the
castle law, the
stand your ground law, or
make my day law, gives citizens the right to protect themselves and their homes with force,
and in some states they’re allowed to use
The castle laws vary from state to state, so homeowners need to pay attention
to their state laws. For example, in one state a homeowner may be protected
legally if they use deadly force against an intruder, but in another state
the exact same actions can mean the homeowner is prosecuted for
States With Strong Castle Doctrine Laws
Most states have enacted some sort of castle doctrine law, however, some
states have stronger laws that protect the homeowner more than others.
Texas and Florida for example, have strong castle doctrine laws.
In Texas, homeowners are allowed to use force to protect their cars, their
homes, and their place of employment against an intruder who unlawfully
enters or tries to enter forcefully and attempts to remove someone from
the vehicle or building by force, or attempts to commit a crime, such
as rape, robbery, or murder. Under Texas’ castle doctrine law, a
citizen can use force, even deadly force against an intruder.
The states with strong castle doctrine or stand your ground laws, include:
Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana,
Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
If you notice, California is not listed as one of the states with a “strong
castle doctrine” law. This is because California has a softer castle
Does California have a castle doctrine law?
Unlike states with a stronger castle doctrine law, California does not
give homeowners much leeway when it comes to protecting their personal
Section 198.5 does let California residents use deadly force when they have a “reasonable
fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily injury to self, family,
or a member of their household” when someone unlawfully enters their
California’s version of the castle doctrine only protects people
in the home, it does not extend to vehicles or places of employment.
Are you being accused of committing a
violent crime against someone who unlawfully entered your residence? For a strong defense
under Sec. 198.5,
contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. today!