Hawk87 wrote:Massad Ayoob made a pretty good short video on it, he has a ton of experience as a expert witness.
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Snaggle wrote: tell the police you feared for your life and will provide a statement after you have had a chance to consult with your attorney. Then shut up!
B Cart wrote:Also on one other note, I've read a lot of massad's writing on shooting aftermath and he makes one other good suggestion. If you have just shot someone in self defense and the scene is safe, call 911 and request an ambulance for the shot person. Even if you know for certain they are dead, still ask dispatch to send an ambulance. Massad argues that this helps clear any notion that you wanted the perp dead, and reinforces the fact that you aren't out to kill anyone and just had to stop the threat. I thought that was sound advice.
First, you clearly don't want to incriminate yourself, and you can't really know what might incriminate you, so you want to say as little as possible. However, I agree that saying absolutely nothing at all, refusing even to talk, is probably going to paint you in a bad light and might result in harsher treatment. So, I think it's best to say something like "Officer, I was afraid he'd kill me. I'm really shaken up and I think I should not say anything without my attorney."
Actually it should, however should they keep on asking then you simply clarify, "Officer I am invoking my right to remain silent and my right to an attorney." Not many police are going to risk having a case tossed out because they kept asking you questions after you mentioned wanting an attorney.As I understand current case law, " I'm really shaken up and I think I should not say anything without my attorney." may not qualify as a request for an attorney sufficiently clear to invoke your full 5th amendment rights and compel the police to immediately stop all questioning until your attorney is present.
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