Former State Prosecutor Tom Grieve discusses the ins and outs of being a good client after a self-defense shooting. It’s something you’ll want to think about and prepare for ahead of time so that you don’t have to worry about it in the moment.
Four Steps to Being a Good Client
If you don’t want to worry about defending your freedom after defending your life, be organized ahead of time. You’ve taken the proper training to carry and use your firearm. Make sure you also have the proper documentation and keep it someplace safe but accessible. This can help determine your state of mind at the time of the shooting.
The second thing to keep in mind is to be communicative. Communicate to your attorney and be cooperative, if not quite forthcoming, with the police. You need to be clear and linear when describing the incident.
Third, give your attorney the facts. Describe the shoot. Let him or her know you weren’t hunting anyone down; you were simply saving your life of the life of a loved one with the minimal force necessary.
And finally, control your messaging. Limit who you talk to and what you say. Don’t talk to the cops, media or coworkers. This includes social media. What image are you putting out of yourself on the web? Things from as far back as 10 years can come back to haunt you in court.
About 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.
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