Talking with lawyer beforehand
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1) Yes, yes, and yes, don't give a statement without an ...
April 8th, 2010 05:15 PM
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I talked to a relative last night who is a Lt. for Austin PD.
1) Yes, yes, and yes, don't give a statement without an attorney present.
2) When you talk to the PD on the scene, he said some police get automatically suspicious if the first words out of your mouth are, "I want a lawyer". In his opinion, you should preface that with something like, "I have done nothing wrong, I was defending myself, but I cannot give you a statement until after I have talked to an attorney". He says some cops will understand, some won't. If you think you have a cop that doesn't understand why you don't want to just "tell him what happened", he said to ask the cop, "if you were involved with a police shooting, would you want to interview or talk to Internal Affairs without an attorney or a union rep? No. You'd want an attorney, too, just to be safe."
3) This seems obvious, but DON'T MANIPULATE THE CRIME SCENE. An exception can be made for disarming the suspect(s). Also, until the PD gets there, you need to "guard" your crime scene, as he said it isn't unusual for weapons to "walk away" from a crime scene. It is going to look bad for you when you tell the cops he had a knife/gun, but it isn't found at the crime scene. Make sure you keep an eye on the weapon(s) at all times until the police have secured them.
April 8th, 2010 05:19 PM
Oops, forgot one...
4) You are almost 100% going to "take a ride downtown". It is likely you will just have to give a statement without actually being jailed, but it is a possibility. If the detective threatens to put you in jail until your attorney gets there unless you talk, tell him "that's fine, I'll wait for my attorney". Again, seems obvious, but just so you know what to expect.
April 8th, 2010 05:27 PM
April 8th, 2010 05:38 PM
From the self defense shootings I’ve read about, they are almost all like that.
Originally Posted by hamlet
I think you have to be in some questionable circumstances to begin with for it not to be a pretty clear cut case of self defense.
I recommend getting to know your lawyer well if you are a hothead and like to drink, fight, and cruise around in the shady parts of town all while carrying. If you are like me and spend the majority of your time w/ your family, at work and the occasional run the shopping centers, etc, then I think you really don’t need to have a lawyer on speed dial.
The other reason you may need one is if you live in an unfriendly gun state – I live in Arizona – pretty gun friendly.
If you ask a lawyer if you need a lawyer, the answer is always YES. How do you think they make a living. Ask a salesman if you need a vacuum or set of encyclopedias – guess what the answer will be.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. Albert Einstein
"People in Arizona carry guns," said a Chandler police spokesman. "You better be careful about who you are picking on."
April 8th, 2010 06:26 PM
Self Defence Help
Originally Posted by Gimpee
Check this out. I find it gives you peace of mind.
Last edited by CCBob; April 8th, 2010 at 06:27 PM.
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