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Level 1 Live Classes 2017-03-06T11:00:57+00:00

Over the course of ~6 hours, and at a fraction of the cost of a one-on-one legal consult, you will learn how to build a self-defense strategy that will:

  • Prepare you to win both the physical AND legal battles.
  • Help you say the right thing to 911, first responders, and investigative officers
  • Thoroughly explain your state’s laws and how they’re applied in court to actual people.
  • Teach you the most common legal vulnerabilities.
  • Give you confidence to defending others, and account for the strict limits on defending property.
  • Explain what “Stand-Your-Ground,” the “Castle Doctrine,” “Presumptions of Reasonableness” and “Self-defense Immunity” REALLY mean . . . and what they DO NOT mean.

CLASS AGENDA

This class is designed to engage students with scenario-driven applications of the law. It is customized to your state’s statutes, court decisions, and jury instructions. Participants will know the law in a practical and actionable way to situations that arise in their daily lives. All participants will receive a certificate of completion of the class and have the option to obtain a printed copy of the ~400 presentation slides.

BLOCK 1

THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PIPELINE – WHAT TO EXPECT

9AM – 10AM

Covers the entire criminal justice pipeline from interacting with officers, through arrest, “your one phone call,” investigation, charges and sentences they carry, plea bargaining, pre-trial, trial, jury instructions, verdict, and appeals. Lays out all the pieces of the “machine” through which you may be fed if you use force in self-defense.

BLOCK 2

5 PRINCIPLES OF THE LAW OF SELF DEFENSE

10AM – 12PM

The fundamental principles of Innocence, Imminence, Proportionality, Avoidance and Reasonableness are introduced and discussed according to your state’s requirements.

BLOCK 3

DEFENSE OF OTHERS & PROPERTY

1PM – 2PM

Learn how to defend others and property legally and safely.  Each state’s laws in this area are enormously complicated and varied.  Don’t misunderstand how your state applies these rules!

BLOCK 4

INTERACTING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT

2PM – 3PM

Conduct after the event can strengthen or undermine a self-defense claim.  We cover what to say, and not say, to the 911 dispatcher, responding officers, and investigative officers in the aftermath of a defensive encounter.

BLOCK 5

CRAFTING A LEGALLY-SOUND SELF-DEFENSE STRATEGY

3PM – 4PM

Covers the five key tactics to build a legally sound self-defense strategy that enables your lawyer to make a compelling narrative of innocence and maximize your chances of freedom.

RAVE REVIEWS

Taking Andrew Branca’s Law of Self Defense Class would be not only a good idea, but an EXCELLENT idea. I’ve known him for many years. He’s one of my graduates, and more to the point, he’s an attorney who focuses on this kind of issue with a passion. I thought his reportage from the courtroom in the Zimmerman case was the gold standard. By all means, take his course.”
Massad Ayoob, Massad Ayoob Group
I found [Andrew’s] book very useful and informative, but I found the class to be even more so. Partially because of the very specific, knowledgeable discussion of the law in my area, and also because of seeing the impact the presentation was having on the other students. There were moments during the presentation when you could feel the air getting sucked out of the room as Andrew laid out some unpleasant truths about interaction with the legal system. This was obviously new information to many in the room and the looks on their faces told the story of preconceived notions being blown to kingdom come.
Tim, Gun Nuts Media
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As a retired law enforcement officer, a life-long firearms trainer, and a practicing attorney, Andrew’s lecture in Odenton, Maryland on June 28, 2015 was both timely and well-presented. Discussions with other attendees after class told me that all were deeply impressed.

Alan Booth, Odenton, MD

The class was extremely valuable to us. Everyone who carries a gun should be in this class, it can save you a lot of problems later.

Bill L., Chillicothe, OH
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