Georgia Military Defense Lawyers
40+ Years Defending Georgia Military Servicemembers
At Military Justice Attorneys, our military defense lawyers have over four decades of global experience defending the rights of U.S. military servicemembers. From pre-trial hearings to GOMOR appeals to rebuttals against command actions, our Georgia attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of military and criminal law to aggressively protect your rights, preserve your hard-earned reputation, and restore your freedom.
Our civilian military defense lawyers are hardworking and accessible to clients throughout their case, ensuring their rights are protected while guiding their steps with care and integrity. Our dedicated team understands how daunting it can be to face military criminal allegations, which is why our attorneys are committed to defending those who defend us. When your reputation is on the line, we can zealously safeguard your rights.
If you’re facing criminal allegations in the military, you deserve an experienced defense. Contact us online to discuss your case with a seasoned attorney.
Military Bases We Serve in GA
Our lawyers handle cases throughout Georgia, including:
- Fort Stewart (Hinesville/Savannah)
- Hunter Army Airfield (Savannah)
- Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (St. Mary’s)
- Moody Air Force Base (Valdosta)
Experienced Defense in Military Criminal Law
Our firm has over 40 years of worldwide experience representing active-duty military personnel. As former military officers, our military defense attorneys are well-equipped to defend your rights in various legal matters. Common military criminal cases we handle:
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is a federal law that provides legal protections and benefits to active-duty military members. Its purpose is to alleviate some of the burdens and challenges faced by servicemembers during their military service. The SCRA offers various protections in several areas, including financial matters, civil lawsuits, and residential leases. Some critical protections under the SCRA include:
- Financial protections: The SCRA safeguards against financial struggles for active-duty servicemembers, such as interest rate limitations on pre-existing debts, protection against eviction or foreclosure, and the ability to terminate residential leases without penalty if deployment or other military orders necessitate a relocation.
- Suspension of legal proceedings: The SCRA grants servicemembers the right to stay or postpone civil court proceedings, including divorce or child custody cases, foreclosure proceedings, and other civil litigation matters. This allows military personnel to focus on their duties without worrying about the legal consequences back home.
- Termination of qualifying contracts: Under the SCRA, active-duty military members reserve the right to terminate certain contracts, such as cell phone contracts or vehicle leases, without penalty or early termination fees if their military service affects their ability to fulfill these obligations.
As an active-duty military member, it’s crucial to secure trusted representation if you suspect your rights were violated under the SCRA. Our attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of military law to help you navigate the complexities of the legal proceedings, including interest rate caps, lease terminations, vehicle repossessions, and mortgage foreclosures, to ensure you receive the full protections and benefits afforded to you.
A court-martial is a legal proceeding conducted within the military justice system to determine the guilt or innocence of members of the armed forces accused of committing military offenses, serving as a military equivalent to civilian criminal courts.
Our lawyers help Georgia servicemembers navigate the legal intricacies of such proceedings by providing a fortified court-martial defense. We can aggressively defend your rights in court-martial proceedings, including special court-martial, general court-martial, and summary court-martial.
Our firm has a longstanding reputation for protecting the rights of military servicemen and women facing various criminal allegations, including:
- Assault & Battery
- AWOL & Desertion
- Domestic Violence
- Drill Sergeant / Instructor Misconduct
- Drug Offenses
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Officer Misconduct
- Recruiter Misconduct
- Sexual Assault
Not every military trial results in just outcomes for U.S. servicemen and women. Court-martial appeals provide an additional layer of protection for servicemembers. If found guilty in a court-martial, servicemembers reserve the right to appeal the verdict and the sentence. The appeal process allows for review and reassessment of the case by a higher authority, ensuring that justice has been served correctly and fairly.
Clemency is a crucial component of the military justice system, offering an opportunity for the reduction or elimination of the punishment handed down by a court-martial. In some cases, servicemembers can also make a plea to special clemency parole boards. These boards have the power to grant parole or clemency to individuals who demonstrate remorse and the potential for rehabilitation, providing them with a second chance.
Understanding the complex rules and regulations of the court-martial appeals process can be challenging. It’s crucial to consult with an attorney to ensure compliance with legal processes and pursue the appropriate legal recourse.
Correction of Records
Every military branch has a Board for Correction of Military Records (BCMR) to address errors and injustices in the official military records of servicemembers. Correction of records, established under 10 U.S.C. §1552, extends to various record types, including discharges, reenlistment codes, disciplinary matters, performance evaluations, promotion and advancement selections, retirement details, dates of service, disability ratings, medals, and various bonuses and benefits.
The BCMR plays a crucial role in ensuring accuracy and fairness in military records. If you suspect an error or injustice in your military records, our experienced attorneys can help you file a petition with the appropriate BCMR to correct or remove your records. No matter your branch or rank, we can offer sound counsel to help you navigate the legal process as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Our lawyers have extensive experience helping U.S. servicemembers request discharge upgrades. Common cases we handle include:
- “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: This federal policy governed the military service of lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals in the U.S. military from 1993 until its repeal in 2011. Although this law allowed LGBTQ+ individuals to serve in the military, it prohibited them from openly acknowledging their sexual orientation. Despite its repeal, these servicemembers often face discrimination and adverse actions on the basis of sexual orientation. If you suspect your rights were violated, it's crucial to seek experienced representation from a qualified attorney.
- Mental Health Conditions: In certain situations, veterans can seek a discharge upgrade if they believe their previous discharge status was unfair or inappropriate due to the impact of mental health conditions on military service. These cases typically involve veterans wishing to upgrade their discharge after receiving other-than-honorable (OTH) discharges.
- PTSD & TBI: Active-duty servicemembers or veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be eligible to request discharge upgrades after OTH discharges. It's imperative to work with a qualified attorney to navigate the complexities of these cases and establish that PTSD or TBI contributed to the alleged misconduct, but wasn't properly considered at the time of discharge.
- Sexual Assault & Harassment: Requests for discharge upgrades due to sexual assault and harassment generally involve veterans who received OTH discharges due to allegations of sexual assault or harassment. The servicemember must present compelling evidence that their discharge status should be upgraded because it was influenced by the traumatic experience they endured.
Military servicemembers can be subject to various administrative actions and reprimands, each with the potential to impact their military career. Common types of adverse actions include adverse counseling, adverse fitness reports and referred evaluations, Article 138 complaints, demotion appeals, GOMOR rebuttals, DNA expungement, titling actions, and Article 15/non-judicial punishment (NJP).
If these actions are not appealed in the appropriate manner, they can result in severe consequences, such as a reduction in rank, pay grade, or even discharge. Our attorneys help clients navigate administrative appeals before various military boards. With an in-depth understanding of the applicable rules and procedures, we can help you navigate the process and seek justice.
Administrative separation boards (ASBs) are military proceedings established to determine whether a servicemember should be allowed to stay in the military. These cases involve servicemembers who committed an act of misconduct or violated specific regulations, leading their command to initiate administrative separation proceedings.
Our firm represents servicemembers before ASBs, providing sound guidance and advocacy to pursue the best possible outcome in various case types, including officer separations, enlisted separations/chapter boards, and notification procedures. We understand the gravity of these cases, empowering us to offer comprehensive legal support and advocate for your best interests during board proceedings.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
From the 1950s to the 1980s, hundreds of thousands of military personnel and their families stationed at Camp Lejeune were unknowingly exposed to contaminated drinking water. This exposure has since been linked to a variety of health conditions, including several types of cancer.
Under the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act, eligible individuals can file claims for compensation and medical care with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Our attorneys have extensive experience helping servicemembers file Camp Lejeune water contamination claims to pursue justice.
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Mr. Hodge was relentless in his defense of me . . . and absolved me of any wrongdoing under the UCMJ.- Corporal, USMC
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Camp Pendleton, CA. Marine charged with sexually assaulting a dependent spouse was found not guilty after MJA obtained DNA testing.
FULL ACQUITTAL FULL ACQUITTAL
Fort Stewart, GA. Army Staff Sergeant fully acquitted of larceny and solicitation to commit larceny of government property.
CHARGES DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE CHARGES DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE
Fort Campbell, KY. Sexual assault charges dismissed with prejudice after MJA exposed government discovery violations.
FULL ACQUITTAL FULL ACQUITTAL
Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Senior Airman falsely accused of committing rape and sexual assault against a fellow service member. Not guilty verdict was returned with 30 minutes of deliberation.
FULL ACQUITTAL FULL ACQUITTAL
Kings Bay, GA. Navy Master-at-Arms found not guilty of allegedly unholstering firearm and pointing it at another Sailor.
CHARGES DISMISSED CHARGES DISMISSED
Fort Johnson, LA. Army Specialist charged with multiple sexual assaults released from confinement and had charges dismissed due to false allegations.