Our military defense lawyers aggressively defend Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard criminal cases worldwide. Led by high profile criminal defense attorneys, Michael Waddington, and Alexandra González-Waddington, we are one of the most experienced military defense law firms in the world.
Having been involved in some of the highest-profile court-martial cases from the “War on Sexual Assault” and the “War on Terror,” our lawyers have an extensive and winning track record of taking on and beating military prosecution teams.
We are the authors of the renowned legal strategy book, The Art of Trial Warfare. This seminal work empowers criminal defense attorneys, especially those facing overwhelming odds, with the tools to challenge and overcome formidable governmental prosecutions. Drawing parallels from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, our groundbreaking tactics and strategies are widely taught and used by lawyers across the nation.
Michael & Alexandra literally wrote some of the best-selling books on cross-examination, sexual assault defense, trial strategy, and closing arguments.
We also teach criminal defense lawyers (civilian and military attorneys) across the USA how to effectively cross-examine hostile witnesses and win trials. We have developed some of the best techniques to win military sex crimes and Article 120 UCMJ cases.
Our civilian military defense lawyers maintain a small caseload and personally handle cases from beginning to end.
Gonzalez & Waddington defend Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard cases in the US, Germany, England, Italy, Spain, Sicily, Europe, Turkey, Bahrain, Kuwait, Cyprus, Korea, Hawaii, Guam, & Japan.
Our books on cross-examining forensic experts, sexual assault victims, law enforcement, and witnesses in sexual assault cases are national bestsellers for civilian defense lawyers.
Our bestselling book, Kick-Ass Closings, is a powerful resource for new and experienced criminal defense lawyers, so they can deliver devastating closing arguments with minimal prep time. This book provides a simple and straightforward template that can be used in any criminal trial and hundreds of sample closing arguments that can be crafted to fit the facts of your case. Click here to read more.
In Nov 2021, Michael & Alexandra teach lawyers how to defend Article 120 UCMJ military sexual assault cases and how to cross-examine experts in sexual assault cases.
We fight court-martial cases throughout the United States, Europe (Germany, Naples, Aviano, Italy, Rota, Spain, Sicily, England, Sigonella, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Cyprus, Greenland, and Turkey), the Middle East (Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain), and the Pacific (South Korea, Hawaii, Japan, Okinawa, and Guam).
We represent military clients that are under investigation by CID, OSI, and NCIS, with the objective of avoiding criminal charges.
If you’re facing an Article 120 UCMJ military sexual assault allegations in the military justice system or falsely accused of military sexual assault, the deck is stacked against you. The prosecution has virtually unlimited resources and all the attorneys and paralegals it needs to work toward imprisoning you for the maximum sentence. Defendants feel helpless, scared, and overwhelmed. They feel like a guilty plea is their only option, which is exactly what the prosecution wants.
A guilty plea should only be a last resort. It should only be entered with the competent representation of qualified counsel who has your best interest at heart. Even when there’s that a chance a defendant can prove his or her innocence, it’s not uncommon for military or civilian defense attorneys to instead enter a guilty plea.
The prosecution will use every tactic they can to manipulate all aspects of a case and thwart the defendant’s ability to mount an adequate defense.
Prosecutors offer witnesses favors, plea deals, and immunity as long as they say what they’re asked to help win a case.
Even requests to use the same experts as used by the prosecution are often denied. It is critical to select an attorney with the experience and skill to win a case without defense experts, if needed. Our firm teaches other lawyers how to attack and discredit prosecution experts.
This tactic uses as many charges as possible to leave defendants little choice but to plead guilty. It is not uncommon to see court-martial charge sheets that are three pages long with the same charge repeated in different ways.
They are all working to find any and all information about you. Investigators often lose, overlook, or misplace evidence that helps the defense. Prosecutors and law enforcement will twist favorable facts and use them against you at trial.
They are trained in shady interrogation tactics, and they’re good at it. Investigators will try to get away with as many sneaky tactics as a defense lawyer allows. That’s why it’s important to hire a lawyer who knows the tricks of the trade and can use them to your advantage.
From the Judge to the jury, defendants are outranked. That includes the Chief of Military Justice (the Convening Authority that decides if a defendant will face a court-martial and picks the jury), the Staff Judge Advocate, preliminary hearings officers, and your assigned military lawyer. That’s why an aggressive military defense lawyer who’s not subject to rank is critical to a winning defense.
But to many SJAs, “justice” means getting a conviction, a discharge, and the toughest sentence possible. As the prosecutor’s boss, the SJA isn’t concerned about your freedom or your family’s welfare. They just want a conviction. They will bully prosecutors and your own defense attorneys alike to get it. Even when preliminary hearing officers find facts that don’t support bringing charges, some SJA offices still proceed to trial.
The prosecution is allowed to call any witnesses they desire without informing the defense of what those witnesses will say. But the defense must disclose exactly what its witnesses will say and what role their testimonies will play. Some judges require the defense to disclose even more details, revealing the entire defense strategy. In high profile cases, military defense lawyers face incredible pressure to plead guilty.
As criminal defense lawyers who have defended service members around the world in both court-martial cases and administrative separation boards, Michael Waddington and Alexandra González-Waddington are known for being aggressive, fearless, and hard-hitting. We have successfully defended hundreds of military members falsely accused of Article 120 UCMJ sexual offenses. Despite overwhelming odds, our firm has successfully defended cases in Korea, Japan, Iraq, Kuwait, and other cities around the world.
Our court-martial defense lawyers have a history of winning cases at trial, so prosecutors take them seriously.