Making A Statement
You Fired A Gun. When Should You Give A Police Statement?
If you’re involved or witness an incident that requires the police to come out, chances are you’re going to have to give a statement to the police.
This is usually nothing too serious, but things change if you have fired a firearm. Here are few things you need to know about giving a police statement if you have fired a firearm.
Don’t give this statement by yourself.
If you have fired a deadly weapon to defend yourself, chances are you are in a highly emotional state, and that is not the right time to say something that will go on the record. You could say something you didn’t mean, wasn’t true, and doesn’t make sense. Remember anything you say can and will be used against you.
Call your lawyer.
If you are involved in a shooting, call your lawyer or call Firearms Legal Protection and they will send a lawyer to you. You do not have to give a statement to the police immediately. You can wait until a lawyer arrives to the scene or an interviewing cell. This is important because a lawyer will advise you and help bring clarity to a moment that put you in a highly emotional state.
You have 72 hours.
Again, you do not have to give a statement to the police immediately. You have 72 hours to do it. If your lawyer can’t get there immediately, that’s fine because you have time. This will allow you to process whatever unfolded and receive advice from a lawyer, so that you can be prepared to give a statement for the police. Your attorney can also provide that statement to the police for you.
Remember: If you are involved in a shooting, do not give a statement to the police by yourself. Call a lawyer and wait.