What are the top 3 mistakes made after a critical incident? What happens after a self-defense incident that causes so many people to get arrested and convicted? What are the common legal pitfalls law-abiding gun owners fall into? What mistakes should you avoid? The Armed Attorneys break down the gun law and the do’s and don’ts following a defensive incident. If you conceal carry you can’t miss these top 3 quick and easy tips.
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Today we’re talking about the top three mistakes we see gun owners make following a defensive incident stick around to the end for our pro tip on making the 911 call after your incident … that brings us to the first mistake we see folks make following a defensive incident and that’s manipulating the physical evidence you know right after they had to defend themselves and what does this look like you know sometimes it’s the urban legend online of oh i shot someone outside and i drug them inside or you know you just don’t know how you’re going to react it could be unloading your gun or starting to clean up the area and the important thing is to hit the brakes you don’t want to do that because when your you know story about how you had to defend yourself doesn’t line up with the physical evidence the ballistics for example then it is a real red flag to police officers prosecutors and even juries so don’t make that mistake you know kind of freeze reassess and before you start you know muddying things up yeah plus you could find yourself charged with an additional felony for taking those steps and most states have a tampering with evidence law you know most of the time we think about tampering with evidence when eating their drugs but but in a defensive scene you can still tamper with evidence even though you don’t realize that that’s what you’re doing and that brings us to a mistake number two emily you want to walk us through a mistake number two yeah mistake number two is not calling 9-1-1 immediately after the incident and that is the exact opposite of what you want to do even though i mean your adrenaline’s pumping you probably feel like you want to take a moment or two to collect yourself before you get on that really critical 911 … i know your adrenaline’s going to be pumping i know it’s tough you’ve got to be ready to make that call immediately that brings us to mistake number three which is not consulting with an attorney following a defensive incident you know what we see a lot of times in our practice … really important to have an attorney come in on the front end to you know help preserve evidence help preserve statements uh videos you know they’re gonna know what to do in that situation in order to you know establish and keep your self-defense case in case these things come up later down the line and we’ve seen that happen they do yeah i mean we have talked to countless people who call us a year or more after the incident they just got indicted and you know they weren’t expecting it because probably on the scene the cops were like hey man this looks like self-defense maybe it’s even written in the report but you can’t stop when that one district attorney who hates guns or doesn’t like self-defense gets their hands on that case they want it indicted it’s going to be a die yeah da’s change detectives sitting in their cozy chairs you know six months from now they start second guessing everything you just never know what’s going to happen and that kind of brings us to our pro tip of the day which is how to handle a 9-1-1 call or at least the most important what i think is the most important part of a 9-1-1 call which is hanging up the phone after you get out that critical information so after you call 9-1-1 you’ve given him your name location the service is needed usually police and ems and you know maybe a short truthful defensive statement about you know the incident hey somebody just kicked down my door and i had to defend myself the next most important thing is to hang up the phone …
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