Military Defense Counsel and Conflicts of Interest

Sometimes, service members accused of crimes in military will call and say that they are not really sure about their military lawyer, the lawyer that they were appointed in their case. And one of the things that they, that they are unsure about is that they see this lawyer hanging out with, socializing with, sometimes out drinking with, hanging out with, partying with the prosecution or their Commander.\

Whether or not you want to stick with that lawyer is a personal choice. Often in the JAG Corps, the defense is forced to socialize at certain events with the prosecutors in the JAG Corps. There is nothing wrong with that. The problem comes in when, when it goes beyond socializing at a military function like a military ball, I mean, everybody has to go to that and socialize.

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But, if you see your military defense counsel out at a bar with the prosecutor, your Commander, drinking and it looks like he’s friends with that person, you might wanna confront him about that because there could be a potential conflict of interest. You don’t really want to have an attorney who’s drinking buddies with the same person who’s trying to throw you in jail. That’s generally not a good idea.    

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