I came across the following via newsletter by Rochester Personal Defense. The information below was been taken directly from their website. If you own a gun for self defense then you should consider looking into their services. Click here for the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Fund website.
What is the role of the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Fund?
The Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Fund is the means by which the Network participates in the legal defense of its members. Funding is provided by an allocation of 25% of all Network membership dues and 100% of all corporate sponsorship contributions.
The purpose of the Network’s Legal Defense Fund is to provide legal defense support to Network members, when these lawfully armed citizens face prosecution or civil lawsuit after exercising their right to self defense. The Network does not offer an insurance program or a prepaid legal fee service, but rather a number of benefits are made available to members. If a member is involved in a self defense incident, a fee deposit is paid to the member’s attorney by the Network to get the legal defense immediately underway, with representation during questioning, and arranging for an independent investigation of the incident. If the incident results in felony charges the fee deposit is $10,000; if the member faces misdemeanor charges, a $5,000 fee deposit is sent to his or her attorney.
Network members, by virtue of their membership, are entitled to case review by one of the Network experts and have access to contact information for Network-affiliated attorneys and expert witnesses. For this service, there is no charge beyond the Network membership fee. Beyond that, distribution of monetary grants to help with legal fees is at the discretion of the Network’s Advisory Board, comprised of Massad Ayoob, John Farnam, Jim Fleming, Tom Givens, Dennis Tueller and Network officers, Marty Hayes and Vincent Shuck, as ex officio members. (Please see “Advisory Board” navigation link to the left.)
A Network member who has been involved in a self-defense incident may request assistance by contacting the Network. The member’s attorney should outline the circumstances of the case and provide details that can be used by the Advisory Board to determine whether the Legal Defense Fund can participate in the member’s legal defense efforts. Legal Defense Fund support is available to Network members for incidents that occurred during their Network membership period.