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Benefits of Hiring the Best Military Defense Lawyers

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Are you facing military court-martial charges? Hiring the best military defense lawyers possible may help you get the best outcome possible in your case.

The Best Military Defense Lawyers Can Help

Military criminal offenses that go to a court-martial can have severe consequences. They can lead to losing your military career, rank, reputation, military benefits, and even your freedom. With a conviction rate of over 90%, having the best court-martial defense lawyer possible will help protect your job and freedom.

Punishments in a military court-martial can be devastating.

The maximum punishment in a military court-martial are:

  • Dishonorable Discharge
  • Total forfeiture of all pay and allowances
  • Life without eligibility for parole
  • Reduction to the grade of E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • A Dishonorable discharge can impact you for the rest of your life.
A Dishonorable discharge is the same as a felony conviction. A Dishonorable discharge is for the most reprehensible conduct in uniform. However, unlike the civilian world, the person convicted took an oath. That means an expectation of trust and honor. That carries a significant stigma of unworthiness that the Dishonorable discharge recipient will have to live with the rest of his life.

Long term consequences of a Dishonorable Discharge include:

  • Loss of all veteran and government benefits, including disability and unemployment.
  • Loss of voting rights.
  • Loss of the ability to legally own or possess firearms.
  • Inability to qualify for bank loans or college financial aid.
  • Difficulty in obtaining meaningful employment.
  • A criminal record that will remain in all law enforcement data banks.

You need to contact an experienced military defense attorney. Call 1-800-921-8607 to speak with a court-martial lawyer today.

A military sexual offense is no joke. Aside from the punishments at a general court-martial, you will also face multiple collateral consequences.

Collateral Consequences of Sex Offender Registration

A registered sex offender will often suffer the following collateral consequences of being convicted of a sexual offense.
  • Denied housing
  • Loss of family
  • Isolation
  • No educational opportunities
  • Unemployable
  • Physical assault
  • Increased homelessness
  • Harassment
  • Financial hardship
  • Stigmatization
  • The decline in mental health
  • No internet access
  • Deterioration of social bonds
  • Loss of residency

This is where having the best military defense lawyers comes in.

Our military defense attorneys will aggressively defend your rights, your life, and your liberty. If you have questions about hiring the best court-martial lawyer possible, call our defense attorneys to discuss your case and options.

What is a Military Defense Lawyer?

Also known as court-martial lawyers, military defense lawyers defend military crimes in military courts. A military defense lawyer can be an Active Duty JAG defense lawyer or a civilian attorney with experience defending military crimes in courts-martial proceedings. Most civilian military defense lawyers are former Active Duty JAG lawyers. Whether you’re in the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, you should consider hiring the best military lawyers possible to defend you if you face a court-martial.

Types of Cases Court-Martial Defense Attorneys Handle

Court-martial attorneys help military service members with a wide range of cases, including:

Article 120, UCMJ Sexual Assault Charges

Military sexual assault, rape, and other sexual crimes are the most serious and most common cases that civilian military defense lawyers handle. Military sex crimes are complex and require the best military defense lawyer possible. According to Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, sexual assault charges range from offensive sexual touching to rape.

Rape, Sexual Assault, and other Sex Crimes in the Military

    • Rape
    • Aggravated Sexual Assault
    • Aggravated Sexual Contact
    • Sexual Assault
    • Wrongful Sexual Contact
    • Abusive Sexual Contact
    • Forcible Pandering
    • Indecent Act
    • Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child
    • Indecent Liberty with a Child
    • Carnal Knowledge with a Child
    • Deposit of Obscene Matters – Article 120a, UCMJ
    • Rape of a Child under Article 120b
    • Sexual Abuse of a Child under Article 120b UCMJ
    • Abusive sexual contact with a child
    • Sexual Assault of a Child
    • Indecent Viewing
    • Indecent exposure under Article 120c, UCMJ
    • Child Pornography
If you’re an Active Duty military service member facing false sexual assault allegations, you need the best Article 120 lawyers to guide you through the court-martial process. Having our aggressive and experienced military sexual assault lawyers on your side can help you avoid facing a lengthy prison sentence, mandatory sex-offender registration, and even the loss of your job.

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Any military person who knowingly takes another person’s property or identity without consent or through the use of force will be subject to a larceny charge. A guilty verdict can see you facing prison time, fines, and a dishonorable discharge. We can help you prove your innocence before the jury and ensure your larceny charges get dropped.

Drug Crimes

All military services have no-tolerance methods of investigating and prosecuting drug offenses—from possession and selling to trafficking and using. When you’re caught abusing drugs, it may result in an administrative discharge or a trial by court-martial. Contact our military defense attorneys to discuss your options to avoid or reduce confinement, a punitive discharge, pay reduction, and forfeiture of all pay and allowances. While there are no guarantees for getting a specific result, a skilled lawyer can advise you of your options and help you get the best result possible.

Manslaughter and Attempted Murder

Manslaughter and murder are some of the most severe charges you can face as a military member whether the alleged incident happened while on or off-duty, you still need to appear at the court-martial. If you’re arrested and charged with murder or manslaughter, you need to ensure you protect your rights, career, and livelihood by hiring the best military defense lawyers possible. A skilled court-martial lawyer can help you challenge the evidence, conduct independent investigations, and use their experience to get the best outcome possible based on the evidence.

Benefits of Hiring the Best Military Defense Lawyers Possible

Why do you need a military defense lawyer? Check out the reasons below:

They Have Experience in Military Law and Courts-Martials

Military defense attorneys must follow the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). This code governs military courts-martial proceedings. Many UCMJ laws vary significantly from civilian laws, such that you may break a military law without committing a civilian crime. In this case, you may have committed military crimes such as disrespect, maltreatment of a subordinate. Again, a military defense lawyer will understand the UCMJ and can help you get the best outcome available.

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A Court-martial Lawyer Understands the Inner Workings of the Military Justice System

Skilled military defense attorneys are experts in the military legal processes. Apart from studying the law, they should have years of practice in military courts. As a result, they know the ins and outs of the military legal system, which helps them defend your case against aggressive and overzealous prosecution teams. They will assess the facts of your case and find holes in the prosecution’s case and exploit those holes.

The Best Civilian Military Lawyers Can Try to Protect you from Aggressive Prosecutors

In a military court-martial, the prosecution will do their best to investigate and convict you at trial. They will try to win their case and get the most severe punishment possible. This often includes the loss of all pay and allowances. Being under CID, NCIS, OSI, or CGIS investigation can be distressing. Our military attorneys will shield you from intrusive and aggressive investigators and hard-core prosecutors. While they fight to win your case, they will do their best to get you the lowest punishment possible and try to win an acquittal.

Civilian Military Defense Lawyers Have the Staff and Resources to Handle a Case Efficiently

Legal representation is not all about court appearances to argue the case. It also means conducting an independent investigation, gathering evidence, counseling and advising our clients, dealing with investigators, negotiating with prosecutors and members of the command, interviewing witnesses, and preparing a winning court-martial strategy. This is why you need the best military lawyers possible for your military court-martial case. The best military lawyers will have qualified staff and resources to ensure your case is handled professionally.

Civilian Military Lawyers Offer Emotional Support and Guidance

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Facing military charges is devastating not just for you but also for your loved ones. Our military defense attorneys will provide you with the advice and support you need. We want you to be mentally, emotionally, and physically strong during the nerve-wracking investigation and court-martial process.

A Civilian Defense Lawyer Can Save Your Time and Money in the Long Term

A military investigation and court-martial can have devastating effects on you and your family. Having the best court-martial attorneys on your side is your best shot of clearing your name and getting your life back. They know how to strategize on avoiding a conviction and getting the upper hand during the court-martial trial. A civilian defense counsel can also save you money by preempting criminal charges and avoiding military allegations altogether.

A Civilian Military Appeals Lawyer Can Help

Suppose you are convicted at court-martial and receive a punitive discharge such as a Dishonorable Discharge, a Bad Conduct Discharge, or a Dismissal. In that case, you have the automatic right to an appeal. In addition, jail time may also trigger an automatic appeal in some situations. Therefore, a military appellate lawyer will be appointed to handle your appeal. Or, you can hire an experienced military appellate lawyer to handle your military appeal. In a military appeal, every military branch has its own appellate court responsible for the appeals submitted by the personnel in that branch. Therefore, hiring the best military appellate attorney will get you the best outcome on appeal.

Hire an Experienced Military Defense Attorney Today

Are you looking for the best military defense lawyers to defend you at a court-martial or during a military investigation?

Look no further than Gonzalez and Waddington, Attorneys Law. We will provide you with expert legal advice and an aggressive defense at a military court-martial. Compare our case results with other military defense attorneys and see why we stand out.
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