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Can My 911 Call After a Self-Defense Incident Put Me in Jail?



In this week’s “Ask A Self-Defense Attorney” video, former state prosecutor turned criminal defense attorney Tom Grieve discusses how important your 911 call is after a self-defense incident and how it can make or break your case.

Can the 911 Call I Make After a Self-Defense Incident Really Make or Break My Case?

As a responsible gun owner, you may have thought about — and even had discussions at your local gun range about — calling 911. Maybe you’ve asked, “Could the 911 call I make immediately following a justified self-defense incident really land me in jail?” In this video, Tom answers this question quite simply: “Yes, it can.”

When you make your call to 911, you are not only talking to the operator but also talking to the jury, judge, prosecutor, police officers, media and more. Every 911 call is recorded. Thus, the most important thing to take from this video is that what you say could truly be the difference between walking free or ending up behind bars.

Your first call after a self-defense incident should be to 911. Be the first to report the incident and make sure help is on the way. USCCA Members have a second call to make: the USCCA Critical Response Team. The CRT provides the support you need after the self-defensive use of ANY legal weapon.

About Attorney Tom Grieve, Grieve Law

Tom Grieve is a highly awarded former state prosecutor who started Grieve Law, LLC. It 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. Tom 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. Tom received his certification as a firearms instructor; participates as a regular speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, training videos and national expos. He even serves as a guest speaker and analyst on numerous radio programs, television shows and both college and law school campuses.


The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. Members and the concealed carry community, and does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of concealed carry laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case. Laws are constantly changing, and as such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer for a specific case.

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