Subtitle: Do you have a criminal defense lawyer?
Something I've been thinking about recently is what I would do if I was involved in a shooting or some other CCW-type issue. My CCW instructor said the first thing to do is tell the police you want your lawyer. Don't give them any info; just call the lawyer immediately. Lately I realized that I didn't know who I would call. Prior to this, I just figured I would call my uncle, since he is a lawyer, but he is a small-town lawyer whose clients are farmers and probably has never dealt with a shooting. Having read quite a few stories of shootings and 'incidents' that fellow CCWers have been involved in, it is obvious that having a good lawyer who has dealt with the rougher side of the legal system would be a great benefit. Recently the MO legislation passed a bill that is similar to the Florida Castle Doctrine, but I would rather not take any chances and put my trust in a small-town lawyer and a brand-new Castle Doctrine bill with potential loopholes that could bite me in the... posterior.
So what I did was spend a few minutes searching around the internet for decent criminal defense attornies in my area, and then put some numbers in my cell phone. Hopefully I never have to use these guys, but if something happens and I find myself with a smoking gun, a dead bad guy, and flashing lights and sirens, I have good, experienced attornies just a couple button presses away. I'm not sure the police will obligingly hook me up with Google access, so I figured I'd better get the searching done before the event occurs.
I found this list right here on DefensiveCarry.com, which might be helpful to some of you: http://www.alumbankweb.com/cc-attorney.htm
Here is an example of an attorney I found here in KC: http://www.stonedefense.com/