QOTW: Should I Really ‘Say Nothing’ To Police Without My Lawyer?

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Hey folks, This week’s Law of Self Defense: Question of the Week comes from a submitter who asked that they not be identified:

I’ve been told to say nothing to the police after a defensive use of force except, “I’ll cooperate but only after I talk with my lawyer.” Is this your recommendation?

As is often the case with the law, the real world is a bit more complicated than this overly simplistic strategy suggests. So let’s take a look at some of the real world dynamics that will likely influence how you interact with the police after a defensive use of force.

For the whole post, head over to Ammoland.com:

Should I Really ‘Say Nothing’ To Police Without My Lawyer?

--Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition," available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere. In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country. Seminars for 2014 are currently being scheduled, if you'd like to see one held in your area fill out the comment box on the LOSD Seminar review page, where you can also see reviews of recently completed seminars in New Hampshire, Maine, Texas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere. Andrew is also a contributing author on self defense law topics to Combat Handguns, Ammoland.com, Legal Insurrection, and others. You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.