|s a Jacksonville criminal attorney, I often conference with clients who have a family member charged with murder just as Olympic hero and paraplegic, Oscar Pistorius has been. Many times these cases are all over the media and the defendant doesn’t stand a chance at a fair trial because the media is only privy to the public information that the Government provides.|
For example, the only thing the media has told us about the Oscar Pistorius case is that he shot his girlfriend three times and killed her.
A It seems as though the case is open and shut, right? But don’t be too quick to judge. What really happened? We know that Oscar Pistorius thought his girlfriend was an intruder.
In Florida, we have the castle doctrine, which, in the simplest of terms, allows a homeowner to use deadly force to protect his or her property. The media hasn’t mentioned any of the laws that may be in place in South Africa that are similar to this lesser known Florida law. I encourage all interested in this case listen to both sides of the argument as Mr. Pistorius has informed the police that he thought the victim was a burglar. If South Africa has a similar law as Florida with the Castle Doctrine, then this case will not be as open and shut as the media would like to portray. If you have been charged with a serious felony, contact Jacksonville, Florida’s criminal felony lawyer today!