Judicious Use of the 5th Amendment: Debunking "Don't Talk To Police"

Hey folks,


Well the newest Law of Self Defense Institute video lecture and podcast are up, entitled “Judicious Use of the 5th Amendment: Debunking ‘Don’t Talk to Police’ ”

The title refers, of course, to the Youtube video “Don’t talk to police,” which has in excess of 4 million views.

We critically examine that advice in the context of self-defense.

We also contrast the “Say Nothing” and “Say Little” approaches to interacting with the police in the aftermath of a self-defense encounter, including specifically what TO say, what NOT to say, and WHEN.

Here are both the video lecture and podcast version:

LECTURE #007: Judicious Use of the 5th Amendment (September 11, 2014)

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About the Author

Andrew Branca
Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States. Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online. Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board. In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

3 Comments on "Judicious Use of the 5th Amendment: Debunking "Don't Talk To Police""

  1. One of my major “take aways’ from this lecture is the importance of retaining an attorney who understands (and ideally has experience practicing) self-defense law explicitly. If the attorney whose advice was cited in the video was training lawyers, what would be the outcome of retaining a lawyer trained by someone like him (instead of someone like Mr. Branca)? I followed the advice of the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network and consulted with an ACLDN recommended attorney to clarify and reinforce my understanding of the laws of my state. I felt that along with training this was my obligation as a licensed armed citizen. I’ve also benefited greatly from the LOSD book and these online lectures (and blogs). I hope I can attend a seminar in my area soon.

  2. As a CCW holder in FL & active Atty. at Law, I have tried to become aware of the Gun Law & Cases in FL. My research & training agree w/ Andrew Branca & I have adopted the “Say Little” approach & especially the Right to remain silent. Most people R aware of the Rt. 2 Counsel; just not that U have 2 affirmatively exercise UR rt. 2 remain silent or UR silence can be commented on at trial against U. Good info. that all CCW holders should know. BB

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