Choosing a good military law attorney is key to upholding your rights and achieving the best outcome in your case or court martial. The aim is to make sure that the result will be either a dismissal, acquittal from charges, or a reduction of the indictments made against you so that you can continue your military career. Look for these factors when choosing the right court martial attorney for your defense.
Hiring a military defense lawyer is your best chance for protection when you’re about to be court-martialed. You can hire one or several lawyers, but choose an attorney who can defend you in court knowledgeably. The right person can help you win not only your court battles, but also your honor. Here are some of the things to consider when choosing the best military lawyer: [Read more…]
Facing military disciplinary action can be a frightening feeling. Judgments can destroy careers and lives. If you or a loved one are involved in a military criminal investigation or trial, you need the most knowledgeable and skillful representation capable of navigating the complex and ever-changing world of military law. [Read more…]
Some people claim that it should be easy to stay out of trouble in the military, but this clearly isn’t the case for everyone. The Uniform Code of Military Justice, or UCMJ, contains definitions of numerous offenses that you might be charged with during your service. Few of these are as potentially confusing as “misbehavior before the enemy,” which is laid out in 10 U.S. § 899 Article 99. Today we’re discussing what this broad crime means and how to deal with charges. [Read more…]
You may fantasize about court-martialing your commanding officer for denying your last leave request, but unfortunately for you, only very specific parties have the power to convene (i.e., call up or summon) a court-martial. So if you’re relatively low within the military chain of command, you simply don’t have the authority to convene a court-martial. Who can convene a court-martial? Below we discuss the individuals who have this right as well as the role of the convening authority.
Are you facing a court-martial? Working with a civilian attorney may be necessary to keep your rank or even your freedom depending on the severity of the actions against you. Civilian lawyers specializing in military law typically have more time, passion, and liberty than appointed military lawyers. This gives you a much better chance of preserving your reputation and your future. Before you hire anyone, however, you should understand your rights and the benefits of civilian representation. [Read more…]
The U.S. military is separate from the civilian world in many ways. Servicemen and women often live in exclusive communities, send their children to base-run schools, and visit military hospitals for their medical needs. They’re also bound to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Thus, legal issues and disputes involving active-duty military personnel are handled by a different jurisdiction than those involving civilians. The military counterpart of the U.S. Supreme Court is the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. [Read more…]
Courts-martial are not as glamorous or dramatic as they seem in the media. In reality, these proceedings have the potential to sidetrack military careers and ruin lives. Fortunately, defendants have the right to hire court-martial lawyers (including civilian attorneys) for excellent legal aid. [Read more…]
The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) provides the backbone for military law in the United States. When a member of the armed forces commits a crime, no matter what the severity of the infraction, the UCMJ dictates what will happen next. What type of court-martial will occur: summary, special, or general? What punishments suit the crime? How can the accused appeal the verdict? The UCMJ provides the answers to all of these questions. Today we’re focusing on Articles 77 through 134: the punitive articles of the UCMJ.
Anyone who understands the military knows that order, organization, and firm rules are defining features of the armed forces. Military personnel are held to a strict code of conduct, and soldiers are expected to treat their superiors with respect and obey the chain of command. As you might expect, this sense of discipline and routine extends to military law and punishments as well. The Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM) acts as the official guide for courts-martial in the United States, detailing and expanding upon the laws in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). To learn more about this important document and its regulations, please scroll down.