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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017

Steve Maddox talks about the response time he receive from CCW Safe. He talks about the day after he was arrested for Murder I after defending himself three times. He talks about the attorneys that CCW Safe found for him, and how they came to talk to him the day after, which was a Sunday. He also talks about the CCW Safe critical response team that responded and met with his family and employer.

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

In this week's video, Attorney Tartt Thomas makes a great point in talking about defense resources in a criminal trial. "It's not an equal playing field, the state has unlimited resources, they can get anything that they want." He goes on to say that if Stephen Maddox would not have had the resources made possible by CCW Safe, he believes that he would have been put into a situation where he most likely would have had to accept a plea.

Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Kurt Schmidt, one of the attorneys for Stephen Maddox, talks about the benefit of having Don West, National Trial Counsel for CCW Safe, involved in the case. Don was instrumental in finding Thomas Law to represent Stephen on day one and continued to be part of the case until he was found not guilty.

Posted: Friday, September 8, 2017

Tart Thomas, one of the attorneys for Stephen Maddox, talks about the money that was spent on the Maddox case. Thomas explains that $300,000 was spent on the defense of Stephen, and without those resources, there could have been a very differnt outcome. "We needed every penny of it." Tartt explains. "$125,000, while it is a lot of money, that is going to be used up quickly in a self defense case."

Posted: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CCW Safe National Trial Counsel, Don West, talks about his duties in selecting attorneys for CCW Safe members who are in need of assistance. You need experienced attorneys involved as soon as possible. Once you go to jail everything in your life changes. You have no control over how you can contact the outside world, phone calls are recorded, and how you conduct yourself in the first few days, can have an impact on your bail hearing, and possibly the entire case.

Posted: Friday, September 1, 2017

Attorney Tartt Thomas, with Thomas Law in Wilson North Carolina, talks about the stakes in the Steven Maddox case. Tartt Thomas and Kurt Schmidt both represented Stephen, and knew well the stakes that Stephen faced. “If he were found guilty, he would die in prison. Whether that was in five years or 15 years, he would die in prison.” Thomas said.

Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CCW Safe National Trial Counsel, Don West, explains the response member Steven Maddox received after finding himself forced to use self defense. Don relays how the CCW Safe team evaluated the case and put a self defense plan into motion. CCW Safe hired the best attorneys in the jurisdiction, arranged bail for Steven’s release, investigators, and forensics experts to put on an aggressive self defense resulting in a not guilty jury verdict.

Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017

Stephen Maddox talks about how CCW Safe assisted him after being arrested and charged with Murder I following a self defense shooting. He talks about attorney selection, how they stood by him, supported him and prepared him for the long experience he was about to face over the next two years. He felt like a "fish out of water"since he never had been involved with the criminal justice system, but the attorneys really helped him through the process.

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

The Attorneys in the Maddox case, Tartt Thomas and Kurt Schmidt, talk about defending Stephen and the vital resources that were provided by CCW Safe to effectively defend this legitimate self defense case.

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Stephen Maddox, CCW Safe member who recently was cleared after a 2 week jury trial and 2 year process, talks about his experience with CCW Safe.

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

On the night of October 17th, 2015, Stephen Maddox was forced to use deadly force after being attacked three times in a very short timespan. This is a summary of the case and timeline from the incident, which occurred on October 17th, 2015, to the July 2017 trial.

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

In this new series of videos, titled “In Self Defense”, we are going to be talking about the first start to end Murder I self defense trial in this industry. It’s a trial involving a man named Stephen Maddox in Wilson, NC, and it's a trial that CCW Safe successfully defended in a two week trial that was part of a two year process.

Posted: Monday, August 7, 2017

The last step in the civilian use of force continuum is the use of deadly force. A deadly force incident has long lasting effects, and can be mentally, emotionally, and financially devastating. This is why it is highly recommended to avoid incidents that could potentially lead to deadly force.

Posted: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CCW Safe member acquitted of all charges in historic murder one, self-defense trial

Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017

Once you have determined something is out of place, or out of norm through situational awareness, have determined that there is a threat and have removed any ambiguity in your assessment, you should immediately call 911, or ask others around you for assistance.

Posted: Saturday, July 29, 2017

CCW safe is proud to announce that after a two week Murder trial a CCW Safe member was found Not Guilty in the first full self defense murder trial in the industry. For the last two years the company has funded the defense of a member involved in a self defense shooting.

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

Once you have determined something is out of place, or out of norm through situational awareness, have determined that there is a threat and have removed any ambiguity in your assessment, you should immediately call 911, or ask others around you for assistance.

Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017

Once something is identified as outside the norm, or suspect through your situational awareness, you have to assess the threat. Is it a legitimate threat, is it a threat to you, or is it a threat to others? We talked earlier about intuition, and how many people will not follow their intuition. Ambiguity is one thing that can be common in those instances.

Posted: Monday, July 10, 2017

In this series of articles, we are going to share our thoughts on a use of force continuum for citizens, based on our own knowledge, experience, and use of the law enforcement use of force continuum during our careers as police officers.

Posted: Thursday, July 6, 2017

What do you do when you can't carry? There are some locations and time that you cannot carry. Airports, Federal Buildings, and work are just some examples of where you are not going to be able to carry. You have to have your situational awareness at the highest level in these cases.

Posted: Monday, July 3, 2017

Preparation and avoidance is something that we do everyday, but probably don't even think about it. We wake up in the morning and most of us check the weather. We grab a cup of coffee and before heading into work, we check the latest traffic reports.

Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017

The one thing that people need to realize is that it will be highly unlikely that you are prepared for a terrorist attack. If you were prepared, you wouldn't be there in the first place. They set the time, they set the place. Speakign of international attacks, what if you are overseas and don't have the ability to possess a firearm? How prepared would you be out of your "normal" element?

Posted: Monday, June 26, 2017

If you're ever in a position where you're tempted to stand your ground --even if you are legally allowed to do so -- you should consider what a jury might read into your actions and ask yourself if the consequences are worth the incredible risk you're taking.

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Florida lawmakers passed a bill that would put a tougher burden of proof on prosecutors during pretrial immunity hearings. The new rule requires prosecutors to prove with "clear and convincing evidence" that the accused's self-defense claim is invalid.

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

If you've been involved in a self-defense shooting, your social media presence may quickly become subject of intense scrutiny.

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