Post Self-Defense Incident FAQ

Who do I call if I get into a self-defense incident?

Your first call should be to 911. You want to be the first one to report the incident. “Winning the race to 911” could prove helpful in establishing that you are indeed the victim.

Your call immediately after 911 should be to the USCCA. On the back of your USCCA Membership card, you will find the phone number of our 100% American-based Critical Response Team. A highly trained Critical Response Team (CRT) Agent is standing by 24/7/365 to take your call and help guide you through the aftermath of a self-defense incident.

How does USCCA Membership work if I get into a self-defense incident?

If you get into a self-defense incident, your first call after 911 should be to the USCCA Critical Response Team.

You will be connected with one of our award-winning Critical Response Team members who will stay on the line with you and guide you.

  1. Establish Security: Your Critical Response Team Case Manager will establish that you are safe and secure.
  2. Facilitate Communication: Vital information, such as your emergency contact and current location, will be recorded.
  3. Provide Legal Assistance: The offer of an experienced pro-2A criminal defense attorney will be facilitated. The USCCA’s Critical Response Team has off-hour access to more than 800 attorneys across the country, and often the member who has called is able to immediately connect his or her attorney directly to the police, avoiding the stress and dangers of the questioning process.
    • If for some reason the member is detained, a member of our Critical Response Team will not only stay connected with him or her (or his or her emergency contact) but also will ensure that the criminal defense attorney calls or meets him or her at the detainment facility to establish representation.
  4. Secure Financial Payment: With the USCCA’s up-front funding for criminal defense and bail bonds and $2.25 million in Self-Defense SHIELD protection*, you can relax knowing your financial needs will be covered.
    • If a member is in jail following a self-defense incident, his or her USCCA Critical Response Team Case Manager will begin the release process by activating all USCCA Membership benefits, including contacting a bonds company and notifying an emergency contact or family member.

*All Self-Defense Shield Protection Plan Benefit amounts are detailed more fully in, and are subject to the terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions set forth in the Membership Agreement.

The bottom line? No matter where you are in the aftermath process of a lawful self-defense incident, the USCCA is here for you.

What is the process for obtaining a USCCA Attorney Network Attorney after a self-defense incident?

If you’ve been involved in a self-defense incident, your first call after 911 should be to the USCCA.

You will be connected with one of our Critical Response Team members, who are available 24/7/365. Your Critical Response Team Case Manager will help guide you through the aftermath of a self-defense incident, helping you retain a criminal defense attorney of your choice or from our pro-2A Attorney Network.

What should I do if the closest attorney in the USCCA Network is too far away from me?

If one of the pro-Second Amendment attorneys of the USCCA Attorney Network is too far away for you to realistically use in your self-defense case, you may still choose your own criminal defense attorney outside of the network.

If you’re a USCCA Member and have been in a self-defense incident, your Critical Response Team Case Manager will help you locate an attorney.

What should I do if I get in a self-defense incident in the middle of the night?

Unlike concealed carry insurance, USCCA Membership activation means you have around-the-clock access to all the self-defense education, training and protection of the USCCA — 24/7/365.

If you get into a self-defense incident at night, you can simply call our Critical Response Team.

You will be connected with one of our award-winning Critical Response Team Case Managers who will help guide you and your family through every step of the self-defense incident aftermath.

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