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Should You Provide First Aid to Your Attacker?

An armed citizen who carries a trauma kit justifiably shoots an assailant, then calls 9-1-1. From a legal defense viewpoint, what are the possible benefits and risks of treating the gunshot wound while waiting for the first responders? You have

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Liability for Stray Bullets

Would the armed citizen likely face criminal charges for the collateral damage, and/or incur civil liability for that stray bullet? Even with no criminal prosecution of a citizen for a self-defense shooting, that would not preclude a civil action against

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Bench Trial v. Jury Trial

What circumstances if any might lead you to ask for a bench trial to have a judge make a finding about criminal charges stemming from use of force in self-defense, as opposed to trying the case before a jury? What

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Talking to an Attorney

We understand that law firms are busy places focused on defending people with current legal problems. How do you recommend a Network member who does not have a pending legal issue connect with an attorney for a brief consultation to

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Cell Phones After Self-Defense

Is it common for investigating police officers to take cell phones from armed citizens involved in use of force in self-defense, even if the armed citizen is not taken into custody after the incident? If this is common procedure in

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Who Should Call 9-1-1?

If a Network member is accompanied by a friend or family member at the time of an armed self-defense incident, is it preferable that the 9-1-1 call be made by the associate? Why or why not? What information should the

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New Gun Owner

The current political unrest regarding gun control is causing many people to purchase their first handgun. If you were to give one piece of advice to the brand new gun owner, what would that piece of advice be? The one

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Civil Liability After Self-Defense

Can a person who shoots in self-defense be held criminally or civilly liable for injuries to an innocent third person, in spite of being justified in the use of deadly force against the attacker? From the outset, it is important

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