The Legal Use of Firearms for Self-Defense in Virginia | Part Two

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Date(s) - 01/13/2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Holiday Inn at The Dulles Expo Center





Any shooting that results in a death is a homicide, and is viewed as a criminal act in Virginia unless legally justified. Any deployment of a firearm in Virginia, if it makes another person reasonably fear that they will be shot, is considered to be a criminal use of deadly force, unless legally justified. In short, once you deploy a firearm in Virginia and are seen doing it, you have exposed yourself to the criminal and civil legal system.  Part 2 of this two-part course (“How to Win the Legal Battle That Follows the Defensive Use of Firearms”) explains each step in the post-incident legal process in plain English, gives you a real understanding of how the system works, and gives you clear instructions on how best to handle yourself.

What you say and do in your initial contacts with the legal system will have a huge effect on how the system will treat you. We teach you how to deal with the critical time just after a self-defense incident, including the all-important “DOs” and “DON’Ts” of interacting with 911 operators, the police, prosecutors, defense counsel, judges, and juries. We explain when and how to assert your Fifth Amendment rights and what follows after an arrest. We not only provide you with practical steps you should take, but also give you 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 also make clear the real magnitude of your exposure in defending against criminal and civil suits, and provide vital and surprisingly affordable ways to financially survive the legal process.

Part 2 of this course can be taken by itself, or together with Part 1, “When the Defensive Use of Firearms Is Permissible.” Part 1 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, defensive use of firearms and one that will expose you to criminal prosecution and civil damages liability.

Like Part 1 of the course, Part 2 is presented in a 2.5-hour session with a short break in the middle. Like Part 1, Part 2 was developed and is taught by Stephen L. Sulzer, a highly-respected attorney with more than 36 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. We are also pleased to say that Mr. Sulzer’s entertaining and straight-forward presentation style consistently receives enthusiastic reviews from the Virginia shooting community.

This course has become the gold standard for those who carry concealed or rely on firearms for home security and self-defense. Taken together, Parts 1 and 2 provide a comprehensive and authoritative explanation of the law of self-defense in Virginia, and optimize your chances of winning and financially surviving the legal battle that typically follows even a justified defensive use of firearms.

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