How Do the Police Decide Who to Charge in a Shooting?


When the police arrive at the scene of a shooting, how do they decide who to charge? The victim may be charged initially in a lot of cases. Attorney Tom Grieve has some insight into how to avoid that being the case.

Be the One to Call 911

The police don’t know what’s going on as soon as they arrive at the scene of a shooting. They need to make sense of what has happened and the little information they have. The information they have most likely came from the call to 911.

If that call wasn’t from you or a loved one, chances are it came from the bad guy. Win the race to 911. Bad guys know how to play the system and, if they haven’t disappeared from the scene, will give the police false information. They may even pretend to be the victim.

It’s important that you stay calm. Getting angry or agitated with the police will not help your case. You’ve just been through a very stressful situation. The best thing to do is to inform police that you are the victim and you’re willing to cooperate but would like to wait for your attorney to arrive. Then point out any evidence but refrain from detailing the event. You most likely aren’t thinking straight.

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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