Ayanna Tucker Self DefenseDr. Rankin23 January 2018   Self Defense Law In MarylandHave you ever experienced a time in which you were put into a situation where you had to defend yourself under immediate circumstances? Many people acquire the technique of self-defense to use in defense of oneself due to the intention of any sort of unlawful force causing harm. When classifying the difference between when self-defense is and isn’t appropriate to use is the mistake made commonly amongst people. The definition speaks for itself but tends to vary when speaking upon actual appropriate situations in which self-defense would consider to be an ideal solution.Defense can be seen as justifiable or unjustifiable. When in the court and it is proven that an injury has been caused by the defendant under justifiable self-defense, he is exempt from being punished by any means necessary and will not be held responsible for damages caused to the plaintiff. Ideal self-defense includes a person to use reasonable force that will prevent future injury upon them that can later be justified to the courts. Unjustifiable defense is not ideal, a person must grant the trial before him a notion of omniscience as to what happened and how his self-defense can be proven justified; however, if this cannot be proven it is considered a unjustifiable defense. Our self-defense law in Maryland has general principles such as following common law on the use of force in self-defense. Common law is “that body of law derived from judicial decisions of courts and similar tribunals.” Similar to this is a case involving State v. Faulkner, 179 Md. 598, 20 A.2d 485 (1941) under the common law statute. The facts behind this case involve a lawsuit for assault and battery. James and his son, Albert Faulkner tried two different cases against Baltimore Transit Company with the result of the jury rendering a verdict in favor of both plaintiffs. To sum up the case, Faulkner was driving with his son on a street in Baltimore called Eutaw Street when a car unexpectedly hit his vehicle at an intersection. Faulkner proceeded to take pictures of his vehicle before advising the Baltimore Transit company to move parts of his car but not until he was finished photographing the scene. The company did not follow Faulkner’s orders; therefore, Faulkner decided to hit one of the men in the back of the neck and the son proceeded to hit the employees that were taking apart the car at the time. The employees began to strike back knocking Albert Faulkner to the ground and striking the father in the face. The employees claimed to be using self-defense but the prayer to the courts failed to show the employees using a standard amount of force that matched equally to the force used upon them. As stated above “The law of self defense justifies an act done in reasonable belief of immediate danger” and the employees were not put into immediate danger as they claimed; therefore, not qualifying their amount of force as self-defense. Instead the Baltimore Transit Company put the plaintiff’s in immediate danger. In order to use self defense you must be in a position in which you are in harms way. A position in which your life will be on the line. There are several different aspects of self-defense. One that might strike someone nervously may be the one involving deadly weapons. In Maryland there is a concept called “stand your ground.” The stand your ground concept is a legal term used for self defense meaning someone is given the duty to retreat from danger if in his power. Maryland follows a law called “duty to retreat” and the castle doctrine meaning someone cannot result to a deadly weapon such as a knife, gun, etc for any means necessary if the conflict can be safely avoided from harm. If you are put into a situation in which an intruder enters your house there are different approaches to go about the situation. There are such cases where the victim shoots and ends up with murder chargers. It is very important to establish your setting and respond reasonably depending upon circumstances. The “stand your ground law” was originated from the delegate Pat McDonough for Maryland to help out crime victims. The castle doctrine is another term that relates to self-defense. The castle doctrine is only considered for a home, vehicle, place of work and property under your name. What I? have learned about the castle doctrine is that if you are put into a situation in which you have the opportunity to call the police you have no reasoning to have to shoot. You are also advised to get away without having to shoot. I? believe self-defense is a technique that everyone should eventually master at some point in life. Being that I? am a female I? can see the vulnerability men think they have over us. I? believe I? should learn the technique because I? want to give those men the complete opposite if I? were ever put into that situation. The entire understanding of self-defense is beneficial for everyone in the world to take advantage of and hopefully use it the right way. I? find it truly amazing that you can develop a technique in which you can defend yourself without using deadly force. In this class I? hope to develop the technique of self-defense in order to defend myself. I? will work hard to be able to produce each and every block as clean as possible. I? will listen to my teachers directions closely as he performs each techniques procedure. I? once took karate up until the brown belt and I? will try to take my past experience from that and put it towards my new learning in this self-defense class. I? also hope this course will bring me knowledge as to the proper way in which to respond to an incident quickly.