Successfully Use Stand Your Ground And You Can Be Reimbursed

Posted: October 19, 2013 in Stand Your Ground Issues, Successfully Use Stand Your Ground And You Can Be Reimbursed

Awesome. If you use a Stand Your Ground defense and win, you are entitled to be reimbursed for your costs.

Court Rules on ‘Stand Your Ground’ Costs


Published: October 17, 2013

SEATTLE — A state appeals court here in Washington, in a major ruling on the “stand your ground” debate over personal safety, said Thursday that a defendant who successfully uses a self-defense claim is entitled to reimbursement for lost wages and other costs, as well as legal fees.

“The cost of a criminal defense often starts at arrest,” the court wrote in its decision, affirming a lower court’s award of nearly $49,000, including $10,000 in lost wages, to Tommy J. Villanueva.

Mr. Villanueva, 53, was fired from his job as an assembler in a manufacturing plant in Spokane after being arrested in 2010 and charged with assault, accused of stabbing two people in the neck at a party. He was acquitted in 2012 by a jury that agreed with his claim that he had acted in self-defense.


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