THE LEGAL USE OF FIREARMS FOR SELF-DEFENSE IN VIRGINIA –
HOW TO STAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LAW (Course 1) 2 HOURS
HOW TO WIN THE LEGAL BATTLE THAT FOLLOWS
THE DEFENSIVE USE OF FIREARMS (Course 2) 2 HOURS
This program teaches Virginia’s legal limits on the use of deadly force in self-defense situations, and how to win the legal battle that follows the defensive use of firearms. Each course can be taken by itself or together with its sister course. Course I will give you a working knowledge of the legal boundaries between a justifiable self-defense shooting and a shooting that will expose you to criminal prosecution and civil damages liability. Course II teaches you how to maximize your chances of winning and financially surviving the legal battle that follows on the heels of almost every self-defense use of a firearm.
Course I is presented in a 2 two-hour session with a short break in the middle. Instead of speaking in legalese, we explain in everyday terms Virginia’s boundaries between lawful and unlawful defensive shootings. Our presentation is highlighted and illustrated with useful, practical examples involving real-life situations. We cover street confrontations, home invasions and the Castle Doctrine, Virginia’s stand your ground principle, and defending others. We will also cover Virginia’s legal rules relating to threat duration and proportionality of response, and Virginia’s peculiar law regarding brandishing. The latter two subjects are perhaps the most troublesome areas of Virginia self-defense law, and you need to understand them well if you rely on firearms for self-defense. We also address whether you can still rely on prevention of an atrocious felony in Virginia to justify the use of deadly force.
In Course II, we describe each step in the post-incident legal process and give you a real understanding of how the system works. We teach you how to deal with the critical time just after a self-defense shooting, including 911 calls, pre-arrest interaction with the police, when and how to assert your Fifth Amendment rights, and what follows after an arrest. What you do in these circumstances will have a huge effect on how the legal system will treat you. The course provides you with practical steps you should take and tools you will need to (i) protect your legal rights and (ii) help you (and your counsel) extricate you from the legal system with the least amount of difficulty. Course II also discloses the real magnitude of your exposure in defending against criminal and civil suits and provides vital and surprisingly affordable ways to financially survive the legal process. Course II is also presented in a 2 hour session with a short break in the middle.
Course I is taught in the morning and Course II is taught in the afternoon with a 1 hour break between them. These comprehensive and authoritative courses have become the gold standard for those who carry concealed or rely on firearms for home security and self-defense. These courses are taught by Stephen L. Sulzer, founder of Sulzer Green Taylor PLLC in Washington, D.C. Mr. Sulzer is a highly-respected attorney with 36 years of legal experience and special expertise in the law of self-defense in Virginia. He is also an NRA-certified pistol instructor, has held a Virginia concealed carry permit since the late 1990s, and has ten years of competitive shooting experience. We are also pleased to say that Mr. Sulzer’s entertaining and straight-forward presentation style consistently receives enthusiastic reviews from the Virginia shooting community.