Awaiting Governor Scott's signature is a rewrite of the use of force in stand your ground situations. The burden of proof now squarely is on the prosecutors, not the defendant. As I read it, as long as the use of force is justified, I am no longer subject to prosecution or even arrest at the time of the incident. If there are any lawyers here, I would appreciate your input and comments from the membership as always. Here is the excerpt from the bill.
Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use or threatened use of force.
(1)A person who uses or threatens to use force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in such conduct and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use or threatened use of such force by the person, personal representative, or heirs of the person against whom the force was used or threatened, unless the person against
whom force was used or threatened is a law enforcement officer,
as defined in s. 943.10(14), who was acting in the performance
of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself
or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person
using or threatening to use force knew or reasonably should have
known that the person was a law enforcement officer. As used in this subsection, the term "criminal prosecution" includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant.