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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

How Can A Service Member Overcome Drug Charges?

Experienced military drug crime attorneys know how to defend service members against charges related to the use, possession, manufacture, distribution, and import or export of drugs. Due to the serious potential punishment, it may be wise to hire a civilian military defense attorney rather than trust your fate to a free court-appointed defense counsel who may be inexperienced and overworked.

Depending on the circumstances of the case, drug use defenses may include some of the following: 

  • the drug use was not wrongful because the drug was prescribed 
  • the service member unknowingly ingested a controlled substance
  • the wrong drug test was conducted
  • proper testing procedures were not followed
  • the service member’s positive drug test was a false positive.
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Monday, January 14, 2019

Can I Be Discharged For Conduct Unbecoming An Officer?

Military administrative action attorneys can literally save the careers of service members who have been charged with violating any number of statutes, orders and service regulations collectively known as military administrative law. 

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Hiring a Military Defense Attorney in a Murder Case

Should I trust the free military defense counsel with my murder case?

Hiring a civilian military murder defense attorney is arguably the best chance a service member has of being acquitted, having charges reduced, or having the consequences of conviction mitigated.

Many consider it risky to trust the free lawyer from the military defense counsel as they are often overworked, overwhelmed, less experienced, and without access to the resources necessary to mount the strongest court-martial defense.

Because murder charges threaten a service member’s future in the military, finances and benefits, freedom, reputation, and even their life, an experienced aggressive defense attorney can mean the difference between acquittal or conviction, or years vs.
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Monday, December 10, 2018

SEAL Held in Pretrial Confinement

Can a service member suspected of an alleged crime be held in pretrial confinement?

Just as it is in the civilian justice system, being charged with homicide in military court is a serious and frightening experience with potentially severe penalties if convicted. The servicemember’ career, benefits, freedom, and life could be on the line.

Hiring a skilled civilian military defense attorney with the trial experience, time, and access to resources needed to mount an aggressive defense is critical in such a case. Alternatively, you can roll the dice with the free court-appointed defense counsel who is likely overworked and unmatched in trial experience when compared to the prosecuting legal team… not to mention employed by the government agency that likely believes you are guilty as charged.

In addition, those charged in high profile cases need experienced civilian defense attorneys that not only have military defense experience but also the finesse required to handle the public relations aspects of the situation in the media frenzy that follows the case.
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Administrative Separation Basics

There are a number of ways in which a service member’s military career can come to end. One such method is administrative separation. Sometimes confused with a punitive discharge, which typically occurs following a judicial conviction at a court-martial, an administrative separation is a process by which a soldier’s command seeks to involuntarily separate him or her through the administrative process. Administration separation can occur for a number of reasons, including:

  • Substance abuse;
  • Misconduct;
  • Insubordination;
  • Weight problems;
  • Nonperformance of duties; and
  • Poor performance of duties.
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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Statutory Rape Charges in the Military

Q: Is there a difference in statutory rape charges?

Statutory rape in the military falls under the category of military sexual assault. Seeing as it’s defined as intercourse with an individual that is too young to consent, it’s not surprising that it’s a very serious offense with equally serious potential punishment upon conviction.

That’s why it’s important to hire a skilled court-martial defense attorney if sexual assault charges are brought against you or if you expect that they might be.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

An Overview of Failure to Report for Duty Charges

When a military service member fails to report for duty, he or she can face serious charges. The following three offenses are associated with a failure to report for duty:

  • Absence without leave (AWOL);
  • Desertion; and
  • Missing movement.
Below is an overview of the acts that constitute these offenses and their associated penalties.  


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Friday, October 12, 2018

What is Non-Judicial Punishment?

In the United States military, non-judicial punishment is a form of military justice that allows commanders to discipline troops without a court-martial. Non-judicial punishment is known by different terms among the different branches of the military. For example, the Army and Air Force refer to such punishment as “Article 15,” the Marine Corps calls it "office hours,” and the Navy and Coast Guard call it “mast.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Benefits of Hiring a Civilian Military Murder Defense Attorney

Q: Should I hire a civilian military murder defense attorney or accept the free military defense counsel?

If you are a service member charged with murder, you need to consider hiring a skilled military murder defense attorney with the experience, time, resources, and passion to fight for you. Just as in civilian court, those charged with murder face serious punishment if convicted and are entitled to a free defense attorney. But do you really want to trust your future in the military, your freedom, and possibly your life to the overworked and often inexperienced free military defense counsel--the person appointed by and employed by the same organization that is prosecuting you?

Choosing a civilian defense attorney with a

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Monday, September 17, 2018

When Civil Lawsuit Allegations Lead to Military Investigations

Q: Is adultery a crime in the military?

The prosecution of crimes in the military justice system can be drastically different from the prosecution of crimes in the civilian court system. What they do have in common is the accused’s right to hire their own attorney.

For military cases, that means hiring a skilled civilian military defense attorney instead of accepting the free trial defense counsel provided by the government.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Deserter Discovered After 35 Years

Q: Is there a defense to a desertion or AWOL charge?

Most people of a given age remember where they were when they first heard the news that the Challenger space shuttle exploded in January, 1986.

While a vision of that disaster is burned into the collective American conscience, it was only one of a string of French and American rocket ship launches that had gone bad in the mid-1980s, prompting some intelligence officers at the time to wonder if an Air Force officer with top secret security clearance who had mysteriously disappeared in 1983 and was sought for desertion could have had something to do with the disasters.

Desertion and AWOL charges are very serious and are generally met with a disciplinary hearing, typically a court-martial.

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