Military law is a complex and daunting realm. Navigating it with the guidance of an experienced military attorney can help you achieve the most favorable outcome. Military Justice Attorneys represent military servicemembers in:
A court-martial is federal court convened by a Commanding Officer/General to adjudicate the alleged criminal misconduct of a military servicemember. There are three types of courts-martial, with classification varying based on seriousness of the crime, legal process, and severity of punishment: General, Special, and Summary. General courts-martial deal with the gravest criminal charges, while Special courts-martial handle misdemeanor-type offenses.Summary courts-martial are generally an uncontested administrative hearing, rarely offered unless the servicemember acknowledges misconduct.
Justice is not always served at a trial. That’s why every military branch has a Court of Criminal Appeals to review and consider the decisions meted out by courts-martial. As the military justice system’s final opportunity for righting a wrong, the appellate process requires experienced legal representation in order to result in success.
Military separation boards are administrative proceedings that handle discharges from service, grade and career determinations, and other criminal or non-criminal matters. A command may refer minor charges against a commissioned officer to a military board in lieu of court-martial. Regardless of the type of board, our military law attorneys can offer indispensable counsel to servicemembers appealing to, or undergoing review by, a military board.
Non-judicial punishment (NJP) under Article 15, UCMJ, is a disciplinary tool for Commanding Officers to quickly dispose of minor offenses without initiating the court-martial process. Whether called an “Article 15,” “office hours,” or “Captain’s Mast,” the imposition of nonjudicial punishment can have significant consequences on a servicemember’s career.
Being titled in the military is as simple as being placed in the subject block of a CID report of investigation. Once titled, a servicemember is indexed into federal law enforcement databases and may appear during routine background checks, regardless of whether he or she was ever punished. Titling actions can have serious long-term consequences but, thankfully, can be challenged.
Servicemen and women sometimes encounter unscrupulous landlords, property management companies, credit card companies, and banks that attempt to take advantage of their sacrifice and infringe upon the rights afforded them under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. MJA can help you defend against such violations.
If while serving your country you were injured, aggravated a pre-existing condition, or suffered a new condition, due to your service, you deserve to be compensated. Although filing a claim and obtaining your benefits from the VA should be simple and straightforward, often times it is not.