Self Defense Attorneys for Conceal and Carry Permit Holders
Unless you are a lawyer, there is a high probability that you categorize daily interaction with a attorney in the same boat as a colonoscopy. I swear they take a course between undergrad and law school that explicitly outlines how to wash the human off of them.
All kidding aside, if you choose to carry a firearm for self-defense, it is always handy to at least know a personal defense attorney. Most are willing to sit down with you for 15 minutes or have a brief phone call to get acquainted with each other.
Finding a Personal Defense Attorney
Twenty years ago you would whip out the phone book and start smiling and dialing. Painful, but worth it. Today, thanks to this little company called Google, finding a personal defense attorney is fairly straightforward. Unless you know a local firearms instructor or a personal defense lawyer, this is your best bet. Take to the web and search for Criminal Defense Attorneys in your home state. This enables you to do some research and determine a lawyer that is suitable for your needs and an expert in criminal defense. When it comes to a lethal encounter, finding Jim who is four days out of law school is far from your best option. Once you narrow the list down to a few, you can bounce them against the NRA’s list of approved attorneys if you are a member. Obviously the NRA has spent a lot of time and effort compiling this endorsement list and I can speak from experience that they are indeed extremely good lawyers (they have had some of the human put back on them after working with awesome gun owners like yourself.)
After sourcing local instructors, local firearm shop owners, Google and the NRA, you should see the same names over and over again. This is a good sign and you should start setting up either calls or consultations with a handful.
Interviewing your Attorney
You picked out three attorneys, taken the day off of work, and swore to yourself to make the best of the interviews. But what do you ask?
The first question should obviously be background information on the attorney. Where did he/she go to school? How long have they been practicing criminal defense? Did they spend any time at the DA’s office? What is their case history like? How many cases have they tried where the defendant was innocent? Be sure that the lawyer answers all of your questions and doesn’t attempt to belittle or diminish you. Also, look for subtle, non-verbal indications that they know what they are talking about. Are they articulate? A people person? Could they win the hearts of a jury if need be? These questions are what I ask before speaking further with an attorney. If the answers all came back evidence that this attorney has been doing this a long time and has a great record, you have just found your new lawyer.
Hiring your Attorney
Some attorneys at this point will put paperwork in front of you and ask for you to put a retainer down. While this is an option, I highly recommend that you forgo any agreements and tell the attorney that you selected that you will contact him or her should anything happen. Most responsibly armed citizens that carry will never need an attorney so I recommend you forgo handing any cash over immediately, but just be sure that they understand that should you need them you expect them to be there. All criminal defense attorneys that I deal with operate this way, and so should yours.
When you decide on an attorney, make sure that you don’t go with a cheap, ambulance chaser. As an extremely cheap person myself, there are very few items in life that I will spend top dollar on. Those are my firearm, my bullets, and my attorney. So if you find yourself carrying without an attorney, please correct that immediately. The legal system in this country has let numerous criminals go and send innocent people to jail. It happens, the system is not perfect. But the steps listed above will ensure that you do not find yourself in that situation.