*When the defensive use of firearms is permissible and how to win the legal battle that will follow*
This course teaches Virginia’s legal limits on the use of deadly force in self-defense situations, with a particular focus on the use of firearms. It will give you a working knowledge of the legal boundaries between a justifiable self-defense shooting and a shooting that will expose you to criminal prosecution and civil damages liability. If you live or work in Virginia and rely on firearms for self-defense, this course will give you a practical set of guidelines and steps you can take to maximize your chances of winning (and financially surviving) the legal battle that inevitably follows a self-defense shooting.
The course is presented in a four-hour session with a short break between Parts I and II. In Part I, we explain in everyday terms Virginia’s boundaries between lawful and unlawful defensive shootings. Our presentation is highlighted and illustrated with useful, practical examples involving real-life situations. We cover street confrontations, home invasions and the Castle Doctrine, Virginia’s stand your ground principle, and defending others. We also cover Virginia’s legal rules relating to threat duration and proportionality of response. The latter two subjects are perhaps the most troublesome areas of Virginia self-defense law, and you need to understand them well if you rely on firearms for self-defense. We also address whether you can still rely on prevention of an atrocious felony in Virginia to justify the use of deadly force.
In Part II, we describe the legal battle that follows on the heels of almost every self-defense shooting. We explain each step in the post-shooting legal process and give you a real understanding of how the system works. We teach you how to deal with the critical time just after a self-defense shooting, including 911 calls, pre-arrest interaction with the police, when and how to assert your Fifth Amendment rights, and what follows after an arrest. What you do in these circumstances will have a huge effect on how the legal system will treat you. We provide you with practical steps you should take and tools you will need to (i) protect your legal rights and (ii) help you (and your counsel) extricate you from the legal system with the least amount of difficulty. We will also give you very useful information about how you can obtain the financial resources you will need in the event of a protracted legal battle.
This course has received enthusiastic reviews from the Virginia shooting community and has become the gold standard for those who carry concealed or rely on firearms for home security and self-defense. It is taught by Stephen L. Sulzer, founder of Sulzer Green Taylor PLLC in Washington, D.C. Steve is a highly-respected attorney with 35 years of legal experience and special expertise in the law of self-defense in Virginia. He is also an NRA-certified pistol instructor, has held a Virginia concealed carry permit since the late 1990s, and has ten years of competitive shooting experience.
Course Date/Time: Saturday, August 20th 11:00am-3:00pm
Participants: 20 Students ages 21 and up
Duration: 4 hours