Are you prepared for what happens after you pull the trigger in self-defense?

After a stressful defensive event, especially one in which you are forced to draw and fire your gun, your body responds in several ways. This can sometimes affect what you remember and what you say. Are you prepared to make the 911 call after the event and provide clear, concise and helpful information?

In this week’s “Ask a Self-Defense Attorney” video, Attorney Tom Grieve discusses why being prepared to make that 911 call is so important.

Are 911 Calls Recorded?

Yes, 911 calls are recorded. And they can have a major impact on your self-defense case. After the stressful incident — but before you make the call — ask yourself if you are able to clearly articulate what happened. Sometimes, given your body’s natural responses to that stress, this call can create evidence that may be used against you later on.

The fact is, you need to think about who you are really talking to during this phone call. You’re not only talking to the person on the other end of the line but also the judge, the jury, the prosecutor, the media, your family and anyone who may possibly hear that recording when it comes up in any case.

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About Tom Grieve, Grieve Law

Tom Grieve is one of the most respected criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin. A highly awarded former prosecutor, he started Grieve Law, LLC, which is one of the top criminal defense firms in the state. He developed a nuanced knowledge of Wisconsin firearms law. Tom has also received his certification as a firearms instructor and participates as a speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, national expos and training videos. He is even serving as a speaker and analyst on numerous TV and radio stations as well as on college and law school campuses.

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