Jay Rodney Lewis

The sad story of Jay Rodney Lewis

We all like to think that justice isn't about money. But the fact is that if you defend yourself with a firearm and can't afford basics like legal representation or bail, the consequences can be devastating.

That's what happened to Jay Rodney Lewis. He didn't have enough money to hire a lawyer or pay bail and it destroyed him.

Firearm Attacked in Court

9 ways your firearm can be attacked in court

To most level-headed people, a gun is a gun is a gun. So the equipment you own or carry shouldn't matter if you find yourself in court after a self defense shooting.

After all, when your life is on the line, you're going to use whatever weapon you have at hand.

But as crazy as it seems, some prosecutors will do anything to get a conviction, and that includes trying to turn a jury against you based on the specifics of the firearm or ammo you used to defend yourself.

Here are a few examples:

Brandishing and Warning Shots

Why brandishing, shooting to wound, and warning shots are BAD ideas

For every bit of good advice out there about self defense, there are at least 10 pieces of bad advice.

Some of the very worst advice is about how to avoid the legal fallout of self defense by using a firearm in a non-lethal way, such as brandishing, shooting to wound rather than to kill, and firing one or more warning shots to scare off an attacker.

Zimmerman Verdict

ZIMMERMAN VERDICT SURVEY - Tell us what you think

George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer accused of murdering Trayvon Martin, was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Zimmerman says Martin attacked him, punching him in the face and slamming his head into a sidewalk, before he was forced to use his concealed firearm to shoot Martin in self defense.

Martin's lawyers say Zimmerman racially profiled Martin, got out of his car to follow him, then confronted and murdered the youth without justification.

Zimmerman Lessons

What George Zimmerman can teach us about legal defense

by Sean Maloney, Defense Attorney

If you learn just one thing about armed self defense from the trial of George Zimmerman, it is this ...


Subjecting yourself to a police investigation, interrogation from multiple officers, and a reenactment of the incident on-camera without representation as Zimmerman did is nothing short of insane. And it could be a death sentence, or in this case a potential sentence of life in prison.

Excited Utterance

Beware the "excited utterance" when talking to law enforcement

One of the most important concepts to understand in the laws of evidence is what is referred to as the "excited utterance."

An excited utterance is a statement made in response to a shocking event.

After Shooting Steps

What to do AFTER a Self Defense Shooting

A step-by-step guide for dealing with law-enforcement under stress

by Sean Maloney, Defense Attorney

As an American citizen, you have the legal and moral right to defend yourself and your family against death or grievous bodily harm. But even if you act properly, it is possible that you will find yourself in trouble with the law. What you do and say in the minutes following an act of self defense can mean the difference between freedom and imprisonment.

Self Defense Insurance

The surprising truth about Self Defense Insurance

If you own or carry a firearm for self defense, you've probably thought about the very real probability that one day you may have to use your gun to defend yourself or your loved ones.

And if you've thought through the various scenarios to their logical conclusion, you will have considered that in the minutes and hours that follow, you could find yourself facing arrest and prosecution, and in dire need of legal defense.