It is one thing to survive an attack, but you must also survive the legal system.
Copy and print this article and keep in your wallet/purse for future reference.
Before you need them find an attorney that is skilled in representing self-defense cases. Do some research and find the best that is available. It will be expensive, but worth it. Trust me, on this. Make sure you have his/her contact info with you at all times.
Immediately after the incident, CALL 911 and say “I was afraid for my life and was forced to defend myself. Please send an ambulance right away.” Also describe the clothes you are wearing and your physical appearance so police know who you are when they arrive.
Next contact the attorney you have chosen to represent you to notify them that you have had to defend yourself.
Sit down, place your weapon on the ground in plain sight and wait. When the police arrive stay calm, keep your hands open and in plain sight. DO NOT TOUCH OR GO NEAR YOUR WEAPON!
THE FOLLOWING SHOULD BE YOUR VERBAL RESPONSES TO POLICE QUESTIONS:
1. He/She attacked me.
2. I was in fear for my life.
3. I fired my weapon to stop the threat.
4. I’ll sign a complaint.
5. There is the evidence.
6. I need to speak to a lawyer and I DO NOT consent to any search.
7. I have a valid Concealed Handgun License for this state.
SAY NOTHING ELSE! Only respond to the police (say nothing to bystanders, etc.) and only when the police ask you a question. Do not offer opinions, speculation, or any other comments or statements. ANYTHING YOU SAY, CAN AND MAY BE USED AGAINST YOU IN CRIMINAL COURT OR CIVIL COURT!
WRITTEN STATEMENT TO POLICE:
“If I have given this statement to you, it has been necessary to take actions to defend innocent life.
I am willing to sign a criminal complaint against the perpetrator(s). I will point out witnesses and evidence. As you may have experienced yourself, this is a stressful and traumatic experience for me. Therefore, I wish to make no further statements until I have contacted an attorney and composed myself. I also do not consent to any searches. I will cooperate fully once I have consulted with an attorney and calmed down. As a lawfully armed citizen, I ask for the same courtesy that you would show a fellow officer who was involved in a similar situation. Thank you for your understanding.”
What is listed above and more information can be found at http://www.USConcealedCarry.com
Stay calm. Keep your wits about you. God Bless!.