Hawaii Military Defense Attorneys
Defending the Rights of Military Servicemembers in HI
As former military officers, our Hawaii attorneys understand the stress and high stakes of court-martial and related military proceedings. If you're under investigation or have a pending court-martial for criminal offenses, Military Justice Attorneys can aggressively protect your rights.
With over 40 years of worldwide experience, our lawyers are well-versed in military and criminal law, empowering us to defend the freedom of servicemembers and veterans from every branch of the U.S. military. No matter your rank, our firm can carefully review the allegations against you with a practiced legal eye and determine an effective defense to employ on your behalf.
Preparing for military proceedings? Turn to a military law firm with decades of experience. Call (843) 773-5501 to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Military Offenses We Handle
Our military defense attorneys represent clients in a wide range of military charges. With extensive experience defending the rights of active-duty servicemen and women, including those stationed at the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base Hawaii, our firm is intimately familiar with the unique nuances and legal complexities of military law.
We have both national and international experience representing the best interests of clients in various types of military proceedings, including:
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
Our firm assists servicemembers whose rights were violated under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). This federal act provides certain rights and benefits to active-duty military personnel, including protections against default judgments, lease terminations, interest rate caps, vehicle repossessions, and mortgage foreclosure proceedings.
Correction of Records
Our attorneys help military servicemembers resolve errors and inaccuracies in official military records, such as correcting awards or decorations, updating duty assignments, or modifying performance evaluations. We understand that the correction of records is crucial for career advancement and benefits eligibility, as well as creating opportunities and stability in your future. That’s why our firm is committed to ensuring our clients’ records accurately and honestly reflect their selfless service.
Military Justice Attorneys represent clients involved in discharge upgrade cases, assisting veterans seeking to upgrade other-than-honorable (OTH) discharges. We help clients gather, organize, and present compelling evidence to demonstrate that their original discharge status was unjust or failed to consider mitigating factors, such as mental health conditions like PTSD or TBI, or traumatic experiences, such as sexual assault or harassment. Our team is also experienced in cases involving discrimination under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy, which was repealed in 2011.
Our attorneys represent military servicemembers in administrative appeals related to various military actions, such as:
- Titling Actions
- Article 15 & NJP
- Demotion Appeals
- DNA Expungement
- GOMOR Rebuttals
- Adverse Counseling
- Article 138 Complaints
- Adverse Fitness Reports & Referred Evaluations
Our goal is to advocate for our clients’ rights and overturn or mitigate adverse decisions, protecting the hard-earned reputations of Hawaii veterans and active-duty military personnel.
Our lawyers provide experienced representation for servicemembers facing administrative separation due to misconduct or performance issues, including officer separations, notification procedures, and enlisted separations and chapter boards. When you partner with our firm, we can fight to protect your rights throughout the separation process while minimizing potentially negative consequences on your military career.
Our firm handles court-martial appeals, representing servicemembers convicted at trial who wish to challenge the verdict or sentence. We meticulously review trial records, identify errors and constitutional violations, and present persuasive arguments to the appellate court, including requests for clemency and special clemency parole boards.
Our military defense attorneys defend servicemembers facing court-martial charges. Common charges we defend against include:
- Military Murder
- Military Adultery
- Domestic Assault
- AWOL & Desertion
- Military Drug Abuse
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Military Manslaughter
- Military Sexual Assault
- Military Assault & Battery
- Drill Instructor Misconduct
- Military Recruiter Misconduct
Our team conducts thorough investigations, prepares robust defense strategies, and provides aggressive representation throughout the trial process to protect our clients’ rights and pursue favorable outcomes.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
Our highly skilled lawyers help clients file claims related to the Camp Lejeune water contamination, which affected numerous military personnel and their families. We can help you and your loved ones pursue justice and legal recourse against liable parties for adverse health effects and toxic exposure.
Legal Implications of a Military Conviction
A conviction in military proceedings can result in serious consequences, including loss of rank, pay, benefits, and even incarceration. It’s critical to consult with a trusted attorney as soon as possible while facing a pending court-marital, investigation, or related allegations of criminal conduct.
Our knowledgeable advocates have a wealth of in-depth knowledge to zealously defend your rights. At Military Justice Attorneys, we assist with:
- Sound counsel: Our lawyers are well-acquainted with the intricacies of military and criminal law to help clients navigate the legal complexities of their case, determine an effective defense strategy, and seek a favorable outcome.
- Investigation and evidence gathering: Our attorneys can thoroughly investigate your case, collect strong evidence, and interview potential witnesses to present a compelling argument on your behalf.
- Strategic defense planning: By evaluating your specific circumstances and personal goals, our lawyers can work tirelessly to develop a defense strategy tailored to your unique needs, regardless of your branch or rank.
- Effective advocacy: Our attorneys adequately prepare for each case to present arguments persuasively, cross-examine witnesses, and challenge evidence to protect the client's rights and pursue a favorable outcome.
- Appellate representation: In the event of an unfavorable verdict, our advocates can guide you through the legal intricacies of the appeals process, from conducting a comprehensive review of the trial record to presenting a compelling case before the appellate court.
"I trusted him with my career on the line, and he was outstanding."
Mr. Hill tore apart the government's theory piece by piece . . . I trusted him with my career on the line, and he was outstanding.- Petty Officer Third Class, USN
"I would not want my fate in anyone else’s hands."
Gerry Healy is an outstanding attorney. In the courtroom he is confident, knowledgeable, and aggressive. I would not want my fate in anyone else’s hands.- Airman First Class, USAF
"Mr. Hodge was relentless in his defense of me"
Mr. Hodge was relentless in his defense of me . . . and absolved me of any wrongdoing under the UCMJ.- Corporal, USMC
"I would hire them again in a heartbeat."
Gerry and Josh are absolute professional monsters in the courtroom. I would hire them again in a heartbeat and wouldn’t want anyone else in my corner!- Private First Class, USA
"The Best Possible Outcome."
The results I received from the board was the best possible outcome and saved my career and my family's future.- Master Sergeant, USAF
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.