Defending Those Who Defend Us®

go to link Up until now, a servicemembers could have expected their commanding officer to offer non-judicial punishment, or Article 15, if their commanding officer suspected them of UCMJ violations. However, starting in January 2019, the process will change. The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act created a new form of court martial for commanders to insure the, Read More

If you’re a servicemember with an excellent conduct record, your defense counsel can use it to your advantage if you’re arrested for certain crimes. “The Good Soldier Defense” allows you to provide your military accomplishments and prior honorable services evidence the charged misconduct is not consistent with your exemplary character. By showing the charges, Read More

The consequences surrounding getting a DUI while serving in the military can be significant. Servicemembers who have gotten pulled over by civilian police are often surprised to find out that they are subject to prosecution under both the civilian judicial system AND the UCMJ. This article will detail how the DUI process works for, Read More

The military’s Criminal Investigation Division has one, very important job: to investigate and determine whether or not a service member has committed a crime, or if their actions or involvement warrant court-martial. The CID is essentially the military’s version of a criminal investigator. Though many times CID agents will take a casual approach, make, Read More

NPR’s Sarah McCammon asks military law expert Gerry Healy about President Trump’s latest policy restricting military service by transgender troops. Click the link here to read more.

Just like the civilian court system, the military also has an appeals system set up for post-conviction relief. If you’ve been convicted under a general or special court martial, your case will automatically be reviewed by a judge advocate and by the convening authority. Upon review, the convening authority can, or may, grant some, Read More

The military is an institution in and of its own. It provides members and their families with on-base housing, jobs, grocery stores, and gas stations. It only makes sense that the military would keep within its community its own specialized judicial system. While there are several similarities to the civilian court system, military courts, Read More

If you’ve been accused of a minor violation under the UCMJ, you may be facing a non-judicial punishment. These non-judicial punishments are typically authorized by your command, and are used as disciplinary measures for small offenses that don’t require formal legal action. Depending on your branch of service, the non-judicial punishment procedure may be, Read More

Active duty service members facing criminal charges often face legal battles in two court systems; civilian court, and court martial via the military justice system. Both can have long-lasting consequences to your life and military career. Domestic assault charges are particularly damaging to service members. Under The Lautenberg Amendment, police officers and military personnel, Read More

Military administrative separation is when your military career comes to an end prematurely for a variety of reasons. An administrative separation occurs when your commander initiates process of separating you involuntarily from service through a non-judicial process. To put it in civilian terms, an administrative separation is the equivalent of getting fired from your, Read More