Could Self-Defense Send You to Prison?

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Note: The
following is presented for informational purposes only and is not
intended to be construed as legal advice. For legal advice, consult
your attorney.

As producer
of Personal Defense TV, I’m fortunate to be involved in a lot of
training in preparation for a personal defense encounter. Situational
awareness, avoidance, threat levels, front sight, press – all are
key elements in avoiding, deescalating or winning an attempted attack.

This past season,
while training with Marty and Gila Hayes at Firearms Academy of
Seattle, I was reminded that there’s another very important component
to successful personal defense, and that’s being prepared for what
happens to you legally after being involved in a personal defense

I wouldn’t
go so far as to say I had an epiphany on the subject; after all,
legally armed citizens should have some awareness that if they’re
involved in any kind of shooting there will be an investigation.
But after speaking with Marty and Gila, the indicator light came
on in my head warning me that I really had no clue as to how precarious
the legal landscape can be after a personal defense shooting.

Marty and Gila
recognized the importance of educating armed citizens to the legal
aftermath and formed the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network.
The Network consists of like-minded armed citizens across the nation
with a goal to educate members about the legalities of using deadly
force for personal defense and how to interact with the legal system
after a shooting.

A significant
benefit of the Network is an inner network of attorneys and legal
experts with experience in defending personal defense cases. Members
also have potential eligibility for financial assistance if facing
unmeritorious prosecution after a personal defense incident.

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15, 2010

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