Kentucky Military Defense Attorneys
Over 40 Years Defending Military Servicemembers in KY
For any active-duty servicemember or veteran facing legal challenges, securing a strong military defense is paramount to defending your rights and hard-earned reputation. The complex and unique nature of military law necessitates competence and comprehensive knowledge from a qualified military defense attorney. With over 40 years of experience, our firm is well-equipped to defend the rights of our military personnel, guiding them through the legal intricacies of courts-martial and investigations.
At Military Justice Attorneys, we firmly believe that every servicemember deserves robust representation. That's why we dedicate ourselves to pursuing the best possible legal outcomes for our clients. Our Kentucky lawyers can evaluate your case to determine an effective legal strategy to employ on your behalf, ensuring your rights are protected while working tirelessly to restore your freedom and clear your name. From correcting official military records to defending against criminal allegations, we can guide your steps wisely from start to finish.
If you’re facing a military conviction, hiring experienced representation is crucial to protect your freedom. Call (843) 773-5501 to schedule a free consultation.
Reliable Representation for Military Proceedings
Our seasoned attorneys have extensive knowledge of military and criminal law to pursue just outcomes for clients facing a wide range of legal disputes. Whether you’re seeking to secure a discharge upgrade or appeal a prior decision, our team can aggressively defend your rights. Common military proceedings we assist with include:
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
Military servicemembers and veterans stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in North Carolina between August 1953 and December 1987 may be entitled to compensation for disability and healthcare benefits due to water contamination.
Our determined advocates have decades of experience helping U.S. servicemen and women file Camp Lejeune water contamination claims to seek justice for various health conditions. Eligible diagnoses include:
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Adult leukemia
- Multiple myeloma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
Court-martial proceedings carry significant implications for a servicemember's career, personal life, and freedom. When facing allegations of criminal offenses, securing a skilled court-martial defense isn’t just advisable— it’s critical.
Fortunately, our military defense lawyers understand the gravity of these proceedings and are dedicated to protecting your interests. We assist servicemembers by providing the seasoned defense they deserve to preserve their freedom and honorable reputations.
We defend the rights of military personnel against various offenses, such as:
- Assault & Battery
- AWOL & Desertion
- Domestic Violence
- Drill Sergeant & Instructor Misconduct
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Drug Offenses
- Sexual Assault
- Officer Misconduct
- Recruiter Misconduct
The aftermath of a court-martial can be daunting, especially when the outcome is less than favorable. At Military Justice Attorneys, we understand that these judgments can severely impact a servicemember's career, personal freedom, and future prospects. We also know that a knowledgeable and forceful appeal can make a significant difference, which is why we’re committed to representing the best interests of our clients throughout the court-martial appeals process.
Administrative separation removes servicemembers from active military service without a court-martial. This non-judicial process varies in severity, from honorable discharge to other-than-honorable (OTH) discharge. The procedure can be initiated for various reasons, such as misconduct, performance issues, or medical conditions.
Administrative separation can profoundly impact a servicemember's future, from losing veteran’s benefits to reputational damage. It's crucial to seek experienced representation immediately upon notification of separation. Our military lawyers can guide your steps wisely to pursue a favorable outcome in this challenging process.
Our comprehensive understanding of military law allows us to assist with:
Administrative appeals can be a critical recourse for military servicemembers seeking to challenge decisions or policies that adversely affect their military service. They provide an avenue to contest actions, such as:
- Article 15 / NJP
- Adverse Counseling
- Article 138 Complaints
- Adverse Fitness Report / Referred Evaluations
- Demotion Appeals
- DNA Expungement
- GOMOR Rebuttals
- Titling Actions
It's essential to consult with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible when dealing with these matters to establish a fortified defense and safeguard your reputation.
A discharge upgrade modifies the character of a servicemember's discharge from the military, changing it from less favorable terms (such as general or "other-than-honorable") to an honorable discharge. Because the type of discharge directly impacts servicemembers’ eligibility for veterans’ benefits, this process is especially crucial to protect their professional reputations and future opportunities.
In some cases, servicemembers can seek a discharge upgrade on the basis of:
- PTSD/TBI and qualifying mental health conditions: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result in other-than-honorable (OTH) discharges. Our firm can help you request an upgrade to protect your reputation.
- “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: If you were dishonorably discharged due to discrimination under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy, which was repealed in 2011, our firm can advocate tirelessly to secure the discharge upgrade you deserve.
- Military sexual assault or harassment: If you were other-than-honorably discharged due to trauma, such as sexual assault or harassment, we can help defend your honorable service by seeking to upgrade your OTH discharge.
Working with a knowledgeable attorney during this process is vital to effectively demonstrate why the initial discharge characterization was unjust or inappropriate. Our tenacious lawyers can help you navigate this process while advocating for the benefits and respect you deserve.
Correction of Records
Corrections of military records can permit current and former military servicemembers to request modifications or corrections to unjust or inaccurate information in their military records. These records can significantly affect veterans' benefits, personal reputation, and chances for reenlistment. It's essential to seek reliable representation from a military defense attorney to navigate this process efficiently and effectively.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is a federal law designed to safeguard the rights and interests of active-duty military personnel. It provides a range of protections in civil matters, such as postponing or suspending judicial and administrative proceedings. This includes issues relating to taxation, outstanding credit, and rental agreements.
If you're an active-duty servicemember whose rights were violated under the SCRA, our Kentucky attorneys can help you pursue justice. We help clients better understand core elements under the SCRA, such as:
Why Choose Military Justice Attorneys?
A military conviction can disrupt the lives of military servicemen and women and result in serious legal repercussions, from loss of benefits to incarceration. It's imperative to secure experienced representation from a skilled military attorney who can guide you through the complexities of court and protect your rights. Our team has a wealth of knowledge and resources to assist clients with each step of their case. We assist by:
- Ensuring due process: Our team fights to ensure our clients receive due process while fiercely protecting their rights throughout their case.
- Protecting your constitutional rights: Our attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of military and criminal law to protect the constitutional rights of military servicemen and women.
- Effective negotiation strategies: In severe cases, our lawyers can exercise effective negotiation strategies to secure a plea deal or reduce the charges against you.
- Tireless advocacy: No matter your situation, Military Justice Attorneys is here to advocate fearlessly for the fair outcome you deserve while keeping your best interests top of mind.
Locations We Serve
Our team represents military servicemembers stationed throughout Kentucky, including:
- Fort Campbell (Hopkinsville/Clarksville, Tennessee)
- Fort Knox (Louisville/Elizabethtown)
"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.