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After a Shooting: Going to Trial

This life-changing event is probably going to cost you. Most cases utilize multiple attorneys and experts. The billable hours are stacking up … and you haven’t even made it to trial yet. Things are happening in the background though.

You Know the Details About the Shooting

The client is the best resource. Though your memory may be shaky at first, you are the only one who was there and knows what happened. After your attorney has received the evidence, he or she will make a copy and send it to you for review. You should read it and write back about anything that is missing or incorrect.

Also during this phase, there will be motion hearings. In these hearings, typically weeks or months before the jury trial, your attorney will be trying to suppress any evidence obtained under violated rights. These are the building blocks for the jury trial and can be small or as much work as the trial. If these go your way, prosecutors may be more reasonable in settling your case. And they can determine the outcome of your full trial months in advance.

How the Jury Trial Goes Down

In the jury trial, the prosecutor has the burden of proof. Therefore, he or she will get to open and close the trial. Most times, it is not in your best interest to testify. This is a long, drawn-out process. It’s important to remember that you will want assistance for everything that happens after the shooting.


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About Attorney Tom Grieve

Tom Grieve is a highly awarded former state prosecutor who started Grieve Law, LLC, which is now one of the largest criminal defense firms in Wisconsin. He is respected as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the state and has developed a nuanced understanding of Wisconsin firearms laws throughout his years of experience. Although Tom’s legal background speaks for itself, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty, receiving his certification as a firearms instructor, participating as a regular speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, training videos and national expos, and even serving as a speaker and analyst on numerous radio stations, television stations, and both college and law school campuses.

About Kevin Michalowski

Kevin Michalowski is executive editor of Concealed Carry Magazine and a fully certified law enforcement officer working part time in rural Wisconsin. He is a USCCA and NRA Certified Trainer. Kevin has attended training across the U.S. as both a student and an instructor in multiple disciplines. These specialties include pistol, rifle, shotgun, empty-hand defense and rapid response to the active shooter.


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