Is It Worth Taking A Polygraph? Most Likely -- No.

Posted by Ernesto Gapasin | Oct 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

Whether or not you should agree to take a polygraph (lie detector) test when you are suspected of committing a crime is a complex decision and depends on several factors. It's important to note that the admissibility and accuracy of polygraph tests can vary widely, and their use in legal proceedi...

Know The Ins And Outs Of Alcohol-Related Incidents

Posted by Ernesto Gapasin | Oct 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

Defending against alcohol-related incidents that are prosecuted in the military under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) does involve differences.  The UCMJ is the set of laws and regulations that govern the behavior and conduct of members of the U.S. armed forces.  Under the Uniform Cod...

Quick Overview Of What A Military Suspect Should Know

Posted by Ernesto Gapasin | Oct 04, 2023 | 0 Comments

When a suspect in the military is arrested, they should be aware of several important considerations and concerns.  Don't confuse what happens in State Court with what happens in the military.  Military justice systems have their own unique processes and rules. Here are some key things a military...

How Long Does A Court-Martial Take Anyway?

Posted by Ernesto Gapasin | Sep 07, 2023 | 0 Comments

I can't pinpoint exactly how long a court-martial will take, but I can give good approximations of how long your court-martial will take based on several factors.  First, what level of court-martial is the Government pursuing against you?  We are usually referring to Special Courts-Martial and Ge...

What To Look For When Retaining The Best Military Court-Martial Lawyer For You

Posted by Ernesto Gapasin | Jun 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

A military service member facing charges that were preferred to a court-martial are routinely informed by the Military Judge that they are entitled to the free, JAG defense lawyer that has been detailed to him or her at no expense to the Government. You also have the option to pay for a civilian defense counsel out of your own pocket. The civilian defense counsel does typically possess more experience than the free, detailed JAG attorney.

Military Members Have UCMJ Article 31 Rights

Posted by Ernesto Gapasin | Jun 08, 2023 | 0 Comments

Being arrested in the Military is a terrifying thing, whether it is for sexual assault or for murder. Most times, you are arrested on the spot, where the crime allegedly happened. Sometimes, the arrest comes after the crime has occurred. Other times, you know a criminal investigation is active, l...

Information About the Sex Offender Registry

Posted by Ernesto Gapasin | Apr 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

If you are convicted of a sex crime in the Military, you will likely be required to register as a convicted sex offender. So, unlike other criminal convictions, you are slapped with a life-long penalty. The information you have to share and the obligations you must fulfill follow you throughout m...

A Page Out Of The Military Judge's Benchbook

Posted by Ernesto Gapasin | Apr 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

The offense of Abusive Sexual Contact is such a common allegations under the Article 120 offenses that I thought I would literally include a page of the offense out of what is called the Military Judge's Benchbook.  In a court-martial, the Military Judge prepares instructions for the military pan...

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