It's one thing to train with live fire at the range to improve your shooting skills and abilities. Are you spending adequate time training and educating yourself for the classroom setting? Do you understand Minnesota gun law? Do you know the answers to the commonly asked questions when it comes to legal use of deadly force with a firearm? What better way to get the proper training as it relates to Minnesota gun law than from practicing criminal defense attorney Jim Fleming with 35 years of trial experience? You can get common legal questions answered and become a more prepared and knowledgeable instructor or citizen who legally carries a firearm when you attend this educational training.
Topics will include but not limited to instruction on:
– Legal aspects of pistol possession, carry, and use, including self-defense and the restrictions on the use of deadly force in Minnesota.
– Overview of the classic self-defense case
– Discussion of the primary issues relating to defending self-defense claims
– Case law touching on self-defense issues
– Reference to statutory self-defense/deadly force laws
– Decision making in self-defense situations
– Psychological and physiological effects of a violent threat encounter
– Review of certain subdivisions of the Minnesota Personal Protection Act
– Why, in the real world, doing everything right in a self-defense deadly force encounter may not prevent you from being charged with a crime, or being subject to a civil lawsuit.
– Dealing with the police.
– Things you should never do after a self-defense incident.
– Aftermath and lessons in self-defense including commonly asked questions
Our firearms training company, Mid-Minnesota Self-Defense has developed a course specific to educating Minnesota firearms instructors but is also open to registrants who are not trainers. We have had numerous trainers tell us that when becoming a certified instructor, they had very few options for obtaining instructor training for educating themselves on the legal aspects of a self-defense shooting and how it relates to Minnesota gun law. Furthermore, many citizens have had training but have never had legal instruction from an attorney. We know of no other Minnesota attorney who is also a certified firearms instructor . Jim Fleming understands that students have questions on the legal aspects related to issues on self protection. Are you confident that you have a solid understanding of Minnesota gun law, or would you like additional training on the topic?
Where do firearms instructors and citizens obtain this sort of education on the legal use of deadly force? Simply browsing the internet and doing Google searches will not provide the most accurate and up-to-date information. Additionally, do you understand what you are reading when you find information on Minnesota gun law? How does that information relate to the legal aspects of a self-defense shooting incident? Who better to obtain this legal information from than a practicing attorney who understands Minnesota Gun Law and handles firearms cases on a regular basis. Jim Fleming is a practicing Minnesota attorney who can educate you on the topic of Minnesota gun law and the aftermath of a self-defense shooting incident.
Training course held at a site conveniently located just off I-94 & Hwy. 25 in Monticello, MN 55362. Seating is limited training. Don't delay – register today for this premier offering you won't find anywhere else! Tuition cost: $225 per student.
Have you ever compared the answer to this question when it comes from a legal source of what an attorney wants you to say vs someone who is not an attorney? The answers are very different and there is an important reason why.
An attorney has specific legal reasons why you should limit your comments. A non-attorney “thinks” otherwise and will suggest you say more than you should. There are consequences for every word you say and what you say will be recorded by the 911 dispatcher and documented by law enforcement when they write their police report. This documentation can be used for charging you with a crime and later can be used against you in a trial.
You may have heard some of these inaccurate statements – "Well of course a criminal defense attorney representing a guilty person will tell them to remain silent because they have something to hide, they did it! An innocent person has nothing to hide and should make statements to explain that they were attacked and are the victim. Say that you are willing to sign the complaint so the cops know you are cooperating with them. You have to let them know you were attacked and in fear for your life."
Do not make the mistake of saying any of the above things because it is defined as "making a statement about your use of deadly force" and more importantly it can be used against you.
If you make any statements it provides the prosecution the opportunity to tear you apart at trial by accusing you of concocting a story inconsistent with your prior statement. They will also try to place doubt in the jurors’ minds for why you said what you did or why you did certain things. In fact, the prosecution may try to make it look like you didn't do enough if you say you did something. This is in addition to the prosecutor who will be using a fine tooth comb to review the 911 call you made and the police reports and anything you said at the scene of the crime. If you say nothing the prosecutor has less to arm themselves with against your defense. Why would you provide them any ammunition with statements you make without your attorney present? Allow your attorney to assist you in making your arguments for justified use of deadly force. Don't be fooled that you are capable of making an accurate and complete statement immediately following the incident without your attorney present. You are wrong.
Remember – it’s the attorney who needs to prove up your self-defense case instead of you trying to do so yourself at the scene of the crime. You may not realize the tremendous psychological and physiological effects of a violent threat encounter that make your statements immediately following the incident inaccurate or can cause you to have no memory of even saying them. At that point in time your brain and body have been through a tremendous amount of stress and you are in no physical or more importantly no mental condition to be answering questions or making statements about what just happened. What you say may be inaccurate and if you open your mouth and talk about it you can bet the officers on the scene will be documenting what you said in their police reports.
Later, when you make your full statement with an attorney present and the statements are different because they are more accurate after your mind and body have had ample time to rest (typically 72 hours or three sleep cycles) how do you defend the fact that your comments are now different then they were at the scene? You’ve just provided the prosecutor with a way to convince the jury you were lying. Either you were lying then or you are lying now. You’ve got a problem with your case and it’s all because you failed to invoke your right to remain silent until an attorney is present before making any statements. You cannot afford to put yourself at the risk of making inaccurate statements prior to any discussion with your attorney.
Attend this educational training from attorney Jim Fleming to understand why it’s so important to remain silent. Listen to a more detailed explanation from a legal perspective and learn from examples from court cases where statements have damaged a self-defense case. Understand that a jury cannot hold it against you if you choose to remain silent at the scene of the crime. You have a constitutional right to remain silent and that right is there to protect you from a legal standpoint. Be smart and make use of your “right” to remain silent. Be even smarter and take this educational training to understand "why" it's so important so you can explain the reasoning to your own students.
Jim Fleming is the author of the book, "AFTERMATH: Lessons In Self-Defense – What To Expect When the Shooting Stops" (available at Amazon). Related to the curriculum for the MInnesota firearms training course offered on this website, he will not be presenting all of the material from this book. He will weave only a a few points from the book's most important topics. (Please note: the course for firearms instructors promoted on this website is different from the full course offered based on the book, "Aftermath" which is a separate 4-hour course offered through his firearms training company Mid-Minnesota Self-Defense Inc.)
If you haven't read the book we highly suggest you do this as an additional resource. This reading will also improve your knowledge of important topics related to "What to expect when the shooting stops after a self-defense incident." If you are a Minnesota business interested in selling this book to your students we have wholesale pricing available upon request. Please call our office, 763-614-6195 or send a message to request book pricing.
MID-MINNESOTA SELF-DEFENSE Inc. • Jim Fleming – Speaker/Author/Attorney/Certified Firearms Instructor • PO Box 1569, Monticello MN 55362 • 763-614-6195