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 is a Massachusetts lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense website (autographed copies available) and Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), and many other re-sellers. Andrew just launched his latest product, the LOSD Instructor Program, designed for gun safety, marksmanship and tactical strategy instructors. Be an elite member of the self defense community, understanding your state's self defense laws to a depth even lawyers rarely achieve. Check it out here.   Andrew also gives live, in-person, ~5 hour-long state-specific Law of Self Defense Seminars all over the country. Click here to find a live seminar covering your state's self-defense laws.   Andrew also produces many 4-5 hour online, on-demand state-specific Law of Self Defense training courses. These online classes are enriched versions of the live, in-person state-specific Law of Self Defense Class Andrew gives all around the country. Click here to find an online course for your state. These online classes are priced at $249/HOUSEHOLD. You can learn more details and view the first section of the training class for free (about 30 minutes worth of self-defense law training) by clicking here.

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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