When a service member is charged with something and faces military court, a military attorney can be of great help. Military attorneys help service members by contesting the evidence against them and establishing the best plan of defense.
Military lawyers differ from their civil counterparts in that the rules and laws that surround the military are different. Military attorneys, commonly called civilian-military lawyers specialize in legal issues that arise in the military. Military lawyers also differ from civilian lawyers in that they are salaried or are on a retainer; they do not make money from contingency fees.
The UCMJ Differs from Civilian Law
Military law, which falls under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), is a separate body of law from civilian laws. In other words, things that may be considered to be against the law in the military may not be against the law for civilians. This is in large part because the UCMJ also covers issues that specifically relate to service members. The UCMJ includes actions that service members are prohibited from engaging in while they are on active duty or are in training. If a service member violates the UCMJ, his or her commanding officer can either punish them or send a referral that they face court-martial.
There are common issues that military law focuses on, such as:
- How service members conduct themselves during active duty or training;
- The protection of military spouses and dependents;
- Issues related to service members re-entering civilian society.
If you are convicted of something in the military, the consequences can be severe and long-lasting. That’s why who you choose to help you matters.
Military attorneys represent service members in the following branches of the military:
- Air Force
Military attorneys can represent not only service members but branches of the military directly.
Reasons You May Need a Military Attorney
There are various reasons as to why you may need a military lawyer. These include the following:
- You have been accused of a committing a crime
- You are dealing with landlord-tenant disputes
- You wish to avoid a court-martial
- You have been accused of treason
If you are a military service member who has been convicted of a crime you face many consequences. You may lose your job, your income, your retirement benefits, and more; you may lose the future for which you have worked so hard. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a qualified military lawyer who can help to walk you through the process.
The Court-Martial Law Division of Aviso Law LLC Helps Military Members in Colorado Who Have Been Charged with a Crime
The U.S. Government has an interest in obtaining a conviction as soon as possible, as it does not wish to gain negative publicity about one of its service members. That is why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced military attorney as soon as possible. If you are a military service member and have been charged with a crime under the UCMJ, the Court-Martial Law Division of Aviso Law LLC can help. We proudly serve our military members, who sacrifice so much for our country. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!