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A court-martial is basically a legal proceeding for members of the military. It's similar to a trial in a civilian court, but specifically designed for the military justice system. If you sat through a contested jury trial at your local federal district court, you'd be seeing the same practices, procedure, and evidence rules a you see in a court-martial.

We have traveled to almost every state and overseas location where there is a U.S. military base and where courts-martial are tried.

We have defended servicemembers of every rank between E-1 and O-8 in UCMJ actions. As well as those in the rank of O-9 in adverse administrative matters.

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Here's a breakdown:

  • Purpose: Determine guilt for offenses against military law (Uniform Code of Military Justice, UCMJ) and decide on punishment if found guilty.
  • Who it applies to: Military personnel subject to the UCMJ, as laid out in Article 2, UCMJ. Jurisdiction includes Reserve servicemembers, National Guard members on Title 10 Orders, and some retirees.
  • Types: There are two types of courts-martial, depending on the seriousness of the offense:
    • Special court-martial: In addition to some confinement, fines, reduction in rank, the person can be given a Bad Conduct Discharge.
    • General court-martial (most serious): The confinement can range from none to Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP) and in a few cases--death. In addition, a punitive discharge of either a Dishonorable Discharge (Dismissal for officers) or a Bad Conduct Discharge. Collateral consequences may include sex offender registration, firearms purchase or ownership prohibition, or removal from the U.S. (depending on the persons immigration status).
In the linked pages you will find information about our many successes at trial (there is a separate page for appeals), a discussion of some of the most important issues that come up, and an understanding of how we--your military defense counsel--will represent you to get the best possible outcome for your case.
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