By Brad Fitzpatrick
In 2020, Adam Nievar moved into his elderly grandfather’s home. Nievar planned to help his grandfather with daily tasks around the house, but his grandfather, who had a history of alcohol abuse and run-ins with the law for violent behavior and alcohol-related offenses, proved to be a difficult housemate.
He frequently started fights with his grandson. One evening, as Nievar prepared to leave for work, his grandfather initiated a fight and threatened to shoot him. His grandfather walked into his bedroom and fired a shot at Nievar. Fortunately, he missed. In response, Nievar drew his own carry weapon and fired, striking and killing his grandfather.
Following the shooting, a U.S. LawShield attorney from the firm Richards Carrington investigated the case and created a mitigation packet that was presented to the lead investigator and the chief of the district attorney’s intake unit. The attorney worked closely with the investigator on the case for more than a year.
Following a lengthy delay resulting from pending lab results, the investigator provided Eddy with a letter from the district attorney’s office declining to file charges against Nievar based on his right to defend himself in the situation.
As this story should make clear, a successful self-defense doesn’t mean your problems are over. It’s usually just the beginning of what can be a long, drawn-out process of investigation, possible criminal charges, and a trial. There can even be civil liability as well.
The moral of the story: Have a good attorney on speed dial. If you don’t have one, get good self defense insurance from a company like US LawShield. In addition to keeping you out of jail, it could save you tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, a burden that would bankrupt most people.