Here are the major benefits, depending on the membership level you choose.
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Up to $1,000,000 Civil Suit Defense Protection
After you successfully defend yourself against criminal charges, you can still be sued in civil court. Because the burden of proof in a civil case is much lower than the burden of proof in a criminal case, you can still be found guilty and liable for thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. This is the most serious financial threat you face, which is why at every membership level above "Basic," you'll have access to funds for legal defense costs in a civil matter. This helps you protect yourself from a predatory civil case that seeks to destroy you financially. And it helps you stand up to an aggressive prosecuting attorney who wants to pressure you to settle.
Up to $250,000 Civil Suit Damages Protection
While we provide you with civil suit defense protection, there's always the chance that you could be found liable by a jury sympathetic to your assailant or his family. Depending on your membership level, you'll have access to as much as $250,000 for damages to help you avoid the devastating consequences.
Up to $250,000 Accidental Shooting Protection
An accidental discharge can trigger a financially devastating lawsuit. Depending on your membership level, you get protection against liability suits up to $250,000 for bodily injury or property damage you unintentionally cause with a firearm when you are legally obligated for damages.
Up to $100,000 Criminal Defense Protection
Legal fees required to successfully defend you in a criminal case can be overwhelming. Depending on your membership level, you'll have access to as much as $100,000 for legal fees to assure you don't end up convicted or feel pressured to make a "deal" with the prosecution simply because you can't afford a good defense. Unlike other organizations that make you pay out-of-pocket and (maybe) reimburse you later, with Second Call Defense you have NO OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS. Funds are paid upfront directly to your attorney when needed. There is NO reimbursement and NOTHING to repay regardless of the outcome of your case.
Up to $25,000 Immediate Cash for a Bond up to $250,000
In some situations, the police may take you into custody and a judge will order that you must stay in jail unless you are able to provide "bail." This is a deposit, sometimes a substantial amount of money, meant to assure that you don't leave town and will show up for trial. Generally, you don't have to pay in full if you can put up 10% of the total bond amount. Depending on your membership level, Second Call Defense provides immediate cash up to $25,000 for a bond up to $250,000. This allows you to assist your attorney in preparing a defense and also allows you to continue with a "normal life" during what could be many months of pending litigation.
Up to $10,000 Immediate Attorney Retainer
Good attorneys don't take on clients without getting a retainer in advance, which could be thousands of dollars. That's why your Second Call Defense membership includes immediate retainer money that can be wired to the attorney you choose. This assures you'll have representation quickly so you don't give up your rights or say something that might be used against you in a court of law.
Up to $2,000 for Aftermath Cleanup
Self defense with a gun is not pleasant or pretty. You can be left with a horrible aftermath in your home, including physical damage, stains, and biological hazards. If your homeowner policy doesn't cover this, we provide funds for cleanup that will remove these terrible reminders of your encounter and help you and your family put your home and lives back in order.
Up to $500/day Compensation While in Court
What happens to your income if you're taken to court? Not every employer is sympathetic to employees who own or use guns. So you could find yourself unable to buy groceries, pay your electric bill, or keep up with your mortgage. Depending on your membership level, Second Call Defense provides up to $500 in compensation for each day in court for lost wages so you can pay your bills and not feel pressured by prosecutors to abandon your defense before your lawyer can fully defend you. This compensation is provided to you regardless of your employment situation, even if you're out of work or retired.
24/7 Emergency Legal Hotline
If you find yourself in a life-or-death situation, you must defend yourself to survive. Afterward, you should make two calls. Your first call should be to 911 to bring police and a medical team to the scene. Your second call should be to Second Call Defense. This hotline is manned day and night, 7 days a week, including holidays, to provide assistance when you need it most.
Personal Crisis Manager
After a self defense shooting, you'll face many challenges, have lots of questions, and will need to cope with uncertainty and many concerns as the reality of your situation sinks in. So we'll provide a Personal Crisis Manager who will help you access all your membership benefits and provide assistance from the time you pull the trigger to the time when all your legal and financial problems are solved. You'll never feel alone in your time of need.
Nationwide Attorney Network Access
We can give you access to a network of well over 9,000 pre-screened defense attorneys throughout the U.S. Each is a highly respected and experienced defense lawyer who is ready to defend you against criminal or civil charges.
Local Attorney Referral within 24 Hours
No matter where the incident happens - at home, on the job, or while you're traveling - we can quickly refer you to the top attorneys nearby so you can rapidly have representation within 24 hours of your call to our Hotline. Of course, you're free to work with any attorney you like, as long as they're qualified in criminal defense (not a tax lawyer or your Cousin Vinny).
Emergency Contact Notification
While you're able to reach us immediately through the Emergency Legal Hotline, and while we provide a Personal Crisis Manager, you're still likely to need assistance from family and friends after the incident. This is why we ask members to specify one or more Emergency Contacts whom we'll notify immediately if you're ever involved in a self defense shooting. It's just one more part of the Rapid Response Team you'll have ready when you need it.
Expert Witness Coordination
If your case goes to trial, you'll need to show that you acted reasonably, responsibly, and legally in using lethal force for self defense. Unfortunately, most jurors know very little about firearms, defensive tactics, physiological responses, and other factors that can play into your situation. So we stand ready to arrange for experts to testify for your defense. We'll work with your attorney to make sure you have the testimony you need to explain the truth to the jury so they can make an informed decision in your case.
Gun Retrieval or Replacement
According to the law, your personal property, including firearms, should be returned to the rightful owner after a not guilty verdict or a case has been dismissed or no-billed. However, in practice, authorities often refuse to return firearms, sometimes ordering them destroyed. Sometimes, you have to go through a legal process that will cost you more than the value of the gun. If you have difficulty retrieving your firearm after a case, we'll work to get it back or, if all else fails, purchase you a new one of the same make and model or one of similar value.
Up to 40 Sessions of Psychological Support
Your use of self defense not only affects you legally and financially, it can create deep psychological scars as well. Being forced to use your firearm in self defense against another person, no matter how justifiable, can burden you emotionally for years. Depending on your membership level, Second Call Defense provides up to 40 one-hour sessions for you and/or your family with a counselor of your choice to help you find peace and move on with your life.
In most cases, our standard set of benefits include everything you'll need to protect yourself legally and financially if you're forced to defend yourself with a firearm. However, when the unexpected happens and the "stuff" hits the fan or the situation gets out of control, one of our partners will personally drive or fly to your location to render any needed assistance. When we say we have your back, we mean it!
As a member, you will receive a regular email newsletter with information about your membership, self defense, and how to responsibly and legally exercise your Second Amendment rights.
Self Defense News
On our website, we'll provide you with access to a wide variety of news and information about firearms, accessories, training, legal and political issues, real-life stories of self defense, and more from citizens and experts alike.
Depending on the membership level you choose, you will also have access to educational events and training. You'll have a chance to learn from the experts about how to carry a concealed firearm correctly, interact with law enforcement, comply with local and federal laws, and more.