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    Having a Lawyer on retainer

    I was just wondering for those of you that have a CCW, Do you or have you thought about keeping an attorney on retainer should you run into any legal issues?

    I ask this question because I am new here and new to the responsibilities that come with having a CCW. I live in California as well and California Law just seems to complicate everything. So far I have found much info on preparing for the fight and additional training and resources that are available out there. as well as opinions and variations on what to carry and how to carry. This has proven to be a very informative community. But, I am also concerned about being prepared for what happens after the trigger has been pulled.

    My student cap and listening ears are ready.

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    It certainly can't hurt. I have been considering it, but have not yet done so. I like the idea of joining a network. You pay a yearly fee (far less than a retainer) and have 24/7 access to an affiliated attorney should you need to defend yourself. American Self-Defense Institute is a sponsor of this site. Other similar organizations exist. I haven't compared them yet to decide which I like the most.
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

  4. That's a very good question, and I'm looking forward to the replies from the folks out here.

    I'm thinking that a 'retained' Lawyer may not be necessary, but I definitely think that I need to
    make myself aware of the Lawyers in my area (county) that are 2A savvy. I want to have a
    name and number, in my wallet, just in case something happens.

    dG

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    I really think it depends on the state you are in and the rights you have to defend yourself. In states that have a Castle Doctrine (CD) then I would only have a name and number for a good 2A lawyer. If your state doesn't have a CD then a lawyer on retainer might be a good Idea.
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    I like the idea of joining a network.
    Do any of these "networks" actually help you when you're in trouble? I've looked at a couple of them and it seems that they just offer advice and/or newsletters.
    "When the outflow exceeds the inflow, the upkeep becomes the downfall"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrellM5 View Post
    Do any of these "networks" actually help you when you're in trouble? I've looked at a couple of them and it seems that they just offer advice and/or newsletters.
    The ASDI will provide you with an attorney for the first 72 hours after the incident, which would be the most crucial time to have one at your disposal. Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network will provide $5000 up front for an affiliated attorney, and has a fund for additional financial support.

    It's similar to a retainer, but with additional resources, and at a fraction of the cost.
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

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    I keep a pro-2A attorney's phone number in my cell, but cannot realistically afford retainer fees. I really like the ASDI idea too.

    However, I'm completely in favor of including the lawyer information aspect into your 'general plan' if you're going to carry in public. As with many things, if you don't have the info handy or arranged on the front end, you'll wish you did when the time comes that you need it.
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    The fact that I was keeping a lawyer on retainer along with the super high velocity killer bullets I shot the bad guy with would be field day for prosecution ...

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    Check out:

    CHLPP is a legal services membership organization for concealed handgun licence/permit holders

    I'm a member, but (fortunately) have never needed to use them. NRA also has liability insurance, but the CHLPP seems to be the best deal to me.

    I've also had a visit with a local state attorney in my area who specializes in criminal defense, and keep his phone number in my wallet (just in case). Everyone who carries a firearm for self-defense should know at least one attorney they can call/contact if needed.

    -Seawolf

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    Check out:

    CHLPP is a legal services membership organization for concealed handgun licence/permit holders

    I'm a member, but (fortunately) have never needed to use them. NRA also has liability insurance, but the CHLPP seems to be the best deal to me.

    I've also had a visit with a local state attorney in my area who specializes in criminal defense, and keep his phone number in my wallet (just in case). Everyone who carries a firearm for self-defense should know at least one attorney they can call/contact if needed.

    -Seawolf

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