If you are ever involved in a self-defense situation where violence has happened. You need to have a plan on how to deal with the aftermath and how to communicate with the police. My advice first and foremost is to contact and consult with your lawyer and get their advice. Beyond that most self-defense experts recommend to say as little as possible. Be courteous, calm and truthful in your dealings with law enforcement. Some standard advice is to say:
1. I was afraid for my life
2. I am the victim
3. I will press charges
4. I will fully cooperate after I have spoken to my attorney
Of course every situation is not black and white and their is a lot of gray in this area. It is not a one size fits all. After a moment of violence has happened and you and the entire situation is being investigated by the police you need a game plan. You may be confused, adrenalized or coming down from being adrenalized. You need to be able to articulate what information you need out there correctly. This is really important! I cannot tell you exactly what you should or shouldn’t do. The situation may determine a different statement than the above. Because every situation will be different and you need to be able to read that in between words and body language. All I can say is that the above 4 points is a good place to start! Consult your attorney and find out what they want you to do!
See You On The Mats!
Brian R. VanCise
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