Pennsylvania’s new Castle Doctrine (actually a Stand Your Ground Doctrine), known as H.B. 40, goes into effect today, August 29, 2011.
I previously blogged about Govenor Corbett signing the H.B. 40 on June 28, 2011, which made the the new law effective in 60 days, correlating to August 29, 2011. I also reviewed the Good of H.B. 40and the Bad and Ugly of H.B. 40.
While H.B. 40 is a vast improvement over the existing law, H.B. 40 has also ushered in new issues that will need to be reviewed by the courts and which are likely to result in different interpretations until the PA Supreme Court determines the correct interpretation.
If you have been involved in the self-defense shooting, or just have questions regarding H.B. 40, contact our firm today so that we can assist in you in understanding this new legislation and ensuring that the protections afforded by H.B. 40 are adhered to by the District Attorney and other attorneys that may seek to charge you criminally or sue you.