FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More

Deadly Force Wisdom

Wisdom from a Death-Penalty Qualified Criminal Defense Attorney

In reviewing this Section on deadly force, Vernon Lorenz, a seasoned criminal defense attorney who is death-penalty qualified, provided the Author with his sage advice and thoughts about self-defense in deadly force cases.

In many respects, these say it all.

  • If a prosecutor reviews Your case and decides to charge You, Your self-defense claim is likely garbage.
  • If You have a choice between shooting or any other option that allows You to walk away safe and sound, You should not shoot.
  • If after shooting, You find yourself thinking, “I really stepped in it this time”, Your favorite color had better be orange.
  • If You see an escaping felon who has not challenged You (or does not even know You are there), wish him well on his journey.
  • If You start a fight and You end it with deadly force on another person, You are in deep.
  • If You shoot someone other than Piers Morgan, Your actions will be scrutinized thoroughly with an eye toward prosecution.
  • If a person is threatening You with a birthday candle, a milk carton, or similar item, You cannot shoot.
  • If You shoot out of anger or retribution (unless it is on an X Box), You had better be able to run and catch Your bullet before it hits someone, or You are going to prison.
  • If You shoot someone outside a dwelling, get a good look at Your home because it may be a while before You see it again.
  • If You are shooting by reacting, not because You are making a thoughtful choice, You had better get a copy of the yellow pages and look under “A” for attorneys.

There are rarely heroes in a deadly force encounter. And in time, even heroes are forgotten. Every single Reader’s sole focus and desire should be to go home every night and enjoy their life. Take steps to actively avoid any deadly force scenario. Put an extra lock on the front door. Take a longer way home through a safer part of town. Just be aware and do not walk around with Your head hung low, screaming “make me a victim.” Use Your brain.

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FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

Table of Contents

About the author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More