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AWOL / UA / Deserter

Legal Representation for AWOL Cases

Being absent or failing to report for duty without authorization is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). These violations can be referred to under many different names, including absence without leave (AWOL), unauthorized absence (UA) and desertion. These are serious violations that almost always involve the recommendation of an other-than-honorable (OTH) discharge, or worse.

Regardless of the length of your absence, it is critical that you retain the most effective defense attorney available. At The Law Office of Philip D. Cave, I represent United States service members in a broad range of these cases. I understand what is at stake, and I know how to approach your case in a way that minimizes the impact of the charges that have been preferred against you.

Representing Military Deserters Worldwide

I have been practicing military law for more than 30 years, and I have successfully represented service members at United States military bases and international installations around the world. When you hire me to handle your defense, I will work closely with you to understand the reasons for your absence and gain a complete understanding of the circumstances surrounding your departure.

The military does not take unauthorized absence of any kind lightly. Not only could your military career suffer, an unauthorized absence could also have a serious impact on your future after completing military service. I will present the most compelling possible argument and work to avoid an involuntary discharge. I will pursue every available option in an effort to preserve your rights and freedom.

Contact an Experienced Military Defense Lawyer

Contact my office for a free initial consultation about your AWOL/UA/deserter case. You can reach me by phone at 703-298-9562, toll free at 800-401-1583 or via email.

Client Reviews
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Many years after retiring from the USN, I suddenly found myself in a very unwelcome legal matter with the Navy. It was a total shock and I was very concerned as to the impact this would have on me and my family. Philip was so helpful, truly a calming force, and his legal help was invaluable to me, I am so thankful that I availed myself of his services! Rob
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Mr. Cave saved my military retirement! His promise to me from day one was that he would fight as hard as he could he right the wring that had been done to me. And he did! I am so very thankful and grateful to him. He genuinely cared about me and made my case his priority. He used all his experience and knowledge to put forth a good defense. I am very pleased with him and will recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney. Crystal