Killing in Self Defense: DOs and DON’Ts to Remember

crime sceneIf you’re familiar with the TV Series, “How to Get Away with Murder,” you’ll see how committing a crime can easily turn into a case of redemption. In real life situations, this too can happen if things fall into place for the accused.

What about when one commits a crime in self-defense? First, understand that self-defense can be a tricky situation. Shooting your perpetrator more than once, for instance, can already be labeled as a crime because you’re only allowed to use limited force to stop an attack.

The question of reasonableness can also come into play, especially if there’s a disparity of force between you and your attacker.

To win the first move when involved in such case, you have to hire an experienced Lynnwood criminal defense attorney. Not only does a lawyer understand the legal procedures, but he or she can also gather supporting documents, help you achieve a fair settlement and most of all, defend your claim of acting in self-defense.

Here are also a few DOs and DON’Ts when you find yourself in a self-defense situation:

  • DO clear your head because the last thing you want is for an officer to arrive at the scene and see you holding a gun or a knife in your hand. Make mental notes and make sure to tell the cops where the attacker’s weapon is.
  • DON’T touch the crime scene because you might face accusations of tampering with it or hiding evidence.
  • DON’T make statements without your lawyer present. But be respectful to the police officer asking questions.
  • DO release a statement only after you’ve spoken with your attorney. You may include details of the confrontation and what propelled you to shoot the attacker.

Lastly, DO stay calm and focused as you prepare your case with your attorney. As the saying goes, “the truth will set you free.” So, believe and win.