You’ll benefit from this guide to self-defense laws if:
- You’re not sure what the self-defense laws are in your home state
- You’re someone who teaches the law of self-defense to police, security personnel, and/or concealed weapon instructors
- You’re looking for an easy-to-understand breakdown of different self-defense laws
Avoid the risk of misunderstanding the self-defense laws in your home state, and get in-depth, thoroughly researched coverage of the self-defense statutes in all 50 states with Self-Defense Laws of All 50 States, 2nd Edition by Mitch Vilos. When you have a full understanding of these statutes and how they apply to you, you can avoid costly mistakes that could result in a serious conviction.
If you own a weapon for self-defense or have training in the martial arts, the information included in this guide is indispensable – and you won’t find it on the Internet. Statutes vary from state to state, some states don’t have any, and those that do can often be difficult to decipher because of the way they’re written.
Grow in your understanding of the statutes, cases, and jury instructions that make up the law of self-defense with examination of real-life cases and easy-to-understand “Plain Talk” summaries. Plus, avoid common misconceptions that can lead to prison time or bankruptcy, learn about presumptions and lower legal thresholds that could give you a split second tactical advantage during a violent attach, and much more.
In Self-Defense Laws of All 50 States, 2nd Edition you’ll find:
- Thorough coverage of the self-defense laws of each of the 50 states
- Coverage of common misconceptions that can lead to prison time or bankruptcy
- Real-life cases and easy-to-understand “Plain Talk” summaries illustrate self-defense laws
About the authors:
James D. “Mitch” Vilos is a graduate of Utah State University and the J. Reuben’s Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He has been in practice since 1978, practicing in both Utah and Alabama. Mr. Vilos’ law practice focuses on primarily two areas of law, representing accident victims and handling criminal cases involving self-defense and weapons charges.
Evan Vilos is a graduate of Brigham Young University Hawaii (BA political science). He clerked as an intern in the First Circuit Family Court in Honolulu, HI for Judge Karen Radius. He currently works part-time as a paralegal for the law firm of James D. Vilos, PC.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: From Neighborhood Watch to Life in Prison
Chapter 3: Understanding the Crucial Terms and Concepts of Self-Defense Law
Chapter 4: Template [Subheadings] Described in Detail
Chapter 5: Self-Defense Laws of All 50 States
Chapter 6: State Deadly Force Chart & Duty to Retreat Map
Chapter 7: Thumbs-Down Factors
Chapter 8: Justifiable Acts of Self-Defense
Chapter 9: Conflict Avoidance
Chapter 10: Step Up in Force
Chapter 11: Perception and Reaction Time and the Non-Firearm Deadly Threat
Chapter 12: The “SUPERDELL” Schanze Brandishing Case
Chapter 13: Domestic Violence and Battered Woman’s Syndrome
Chapter 14: Statements Made After a Defensive Incident
Chapter 15: Risk Being Sued for Defending Yourself
Chapter 16: TASER: A Less-Lethal Alternative
Chapter 17: Self-Defense from Animals
Chapter 18: Additional Resources
Chapter 19: About Future Editions
Chapter 20: Conclusion: The Mother of All Self-Defense Laws
Chapter 21: About the Authors