My wife and I have discussed the routine...
This is a discussion on Should the better half keep quiet? within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have a question that i have been wondering about. Suppose your involved in a shooting. Your safe. Your girlfriend, wife, etc is safe. BG ...
I have a question that i have been wondering about. Suppose your involved in a shooting. Your safe. Your girlfriend, wife, etc is safe. BG is dead. I know to call 911, keep my mouth shut, ask for a ride to the hospital and so on. What about the girlfriend or wife? Should they keep quite? Im sure any officers there are going to ask "Did you see what happened?" Could anything she says affect the outcome? Im sure they will be shaken also. What are everyones thoughts on this?
My wife and I have discussed the routine...
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She probably fainted and saw nothing or can't remember what she did see.
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We feared for our lives and would like to have our attorney before we discuss things any further.
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I had a question about this a little while ago...here was the thread from when I had asked...It's closed, but still has some good info although most ended up ignoring the topic and posted about what they would or would not say.
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This is a good point that I have not thought of. Will def. have a chat with the fiance, as well as find myself a lawyer in the event I need one.
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WOW.. There has been so much talk about talking/not-talking to LEO if a self-defense shooting was to acure,. My question that I have to throw out there is from time to time you hear the morning after "guy was shot in self-defense" on the news and they add "no charges was filed" ... If you/we don't talk with the LEO's to tell them what just happened, they are forced to arrest us and book us for murder until the attorney gets it ironed out??? So sitting behind bar's is a given???
I'm not a lawyer, so this is simply my understanding of laws. I've always heard that one spouse can't be compelled to testify against the other. I think that's true in most states so that would protect you if the other person was your spouse.
But if it was a fiancé, bf/gf or a friend, things are different. If you are not at risk of being charged, it's not so easy to plead the fifth. Witnesses can be compelled by the court to testify. If they fail to repeat information that they have already given, they can be charged with contempt and end up in jail.
But I suppose that immediately after a shooting, being charged as an accessory is a legitimate concern. They can then refuse questioning until they get a lawyer. By the time the DA assures them that they won't be charged, you would have the opportunity to consult with your lawyer and proceed appropriately.
Like I said, I am not a lawyer. I am making these assumptions based on watching too much “Law and Order”. I would love to hear from a real attorney.
The funny thing about Law and Order is that they have at times ignored privilege...I don't remember the exact episode, but a lot of times if you pay attention you will notice they ignore things for the sake of the plot. Of course, I'm not a lawyer either, but the whole legal system is based on the assumption that the law is understandable to the common man.
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Something simple and believable would be best "Officer I was scared for my life I am to upset to think straight now but I would be glad to give a statement after I have calmed down and recovered.
The best, and only advice, is to politely tell the officer that you would like to speak to your attorney. Don't say anything else and if asked any questions just reply "I'm waiting for my attorney."
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I had a wife once who I was certain would babble her head off to police if I ever had a situation.
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Gonna address that question in the next "after deadly force class" with the attorney who gives advise in that class. It's a good question.
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