Mississippi Military Defense Lawyers
Defending Military Servicemembers in Courts-Martial
When preparing for a pending court-martial or investigation as a military servicemember, securing skilled representation is critical to safeguard your rights and protect against reputational damage. At Military Justice Attorneys, our military defense lawyers have over four decades of experience defending the rights of those who defend us.
Our comprehensive understanding of military and criminal law empowers us to represent brave servicemen and women facing a wide range of allegations under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). From appealing court-martial verdicts to defending against other-than-honorable discharge, our tenacious attorneys have the sharp skillset and proven track record of results to aggressively defend your rights.
Our Mississippi lawyers are experienced in analyzing evidence, identifying procedural errors, and challenging allegations in military proceedings. If you’re preparing for a pending court-martial or related investigation, we can provide the formidable representation you deserve. Our military defense attorneys can fight tirelessly to safeguard your rights, uphold your honor, and secure your future.
Facing a pending court-martial or related investigation? Our military attorneys can represent your best interests. Call (843) 773-5501 to schedule a free consultation.
Legal Practice Areas We Focus On
With over 40 years of experience in military defense law, U.S. servicemen and women trust our determined lawyers to fiercely protect their rights while guiding them toward a favorable resolution. Common types of military proceedings we handle include:
The court-martial appeals process may include requests for clemency and special clemency/parole boards. Clemency is a form of mercy that modifies the punishment for a crime without removing the conviction itself, while special clemency can reduce or substitute the unexecuted portion of your sentence. Our attorneys can help you present a compelling argument and guide you toward an appropriate legal recourse.
Court-martial verdicts can lead to lasting and life-altering effects for military servicemen and women, potentially impacting their careers, financial stability, and freedom. Such allegations vary in severity, from minor misconduct to serious criminal offenses punishable under the UCMJ.
Fortunately, our highly skilled advocates possess a deep understanding of military law to represent servicemembers in various disputes. We provide court-martial defense on your behalf to protect your rights against various allegations, such as:
- Drug Offenses
- Sexual Assault
- Assault & Battery
- AWOL & Desertion
- Domestic Violence
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Officer Misconduct
- Recruiter Misconduct
- Drill Sergeant & Instructor Misconduct
If you're a military servicemember preparing for a pending court-marital, securing an experienced defense from a qualified attorney is imperative to defending your rights.
The purpose of administrative separation is to provide a mechanism for the military to maintain discipline, efficiency, and effectiveness within its ranks, allowing the military to separate servicemembers who no longer meet the required standards or have violated military rules and regulations.
From officer separations to notification procedures to enlisted separations and chapter boards, our military attorneys can vigorously defend your rights while pursuing a favorable outcome on your behalf. Our in-depth understanding of military law makes us well-equipped to guide servicemembers and veterans through the complexities of the legal process, providing the robust defense our military servicemen and women deserve.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
If you served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River in North Carolina between August 1953 and December 1987, you may be entitled to compensation for adverse health effects due to water contamination. Our lawyers can strengthen your Camp Lejeune water contamination claim with relevant evidence to fortify your case and ensure you’re compensated fairly.
Qualifying diagnoses include adult leukemia, aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and Parkinson's disease.
Administrative appeals provide an avenue for servicemembers to challenge or seek review of administrative decisions against them, such as those involving personnel actions, benefits, or disciplinary issues. Our firm helps U.S. servicemen and women address various issues in administrative appeals, including:
- Titling Actions
- Demotion Appeals
- DNA Expungement
- GOMOR Rebuttals
- Adverse Counseling
- Article 138 Complaints
- Adverse Fitness Report/Referred Evaluations
- Article 15 / Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP)
While the administrative appeals process is a crucial instrument to ensure justice and compliance with military law, it can be difficult to navigate its legal complexities without a comprehensive knowledge of applicable legal procedures and policies.
If you're preparing for an administrative appeal as a military servicemember or veteran, it's essential to consult with an experienced military attorney to understand the legal options available to you and maximize your chance of securing a favorable outcome.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Violations
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) was enacted in December 2003 to provide certain protections to military personnel. Its purpose is to postpone or suspend certain civil obligations, allowing servicemembers to focus fully on their military duty while reducing the stress of family and loved ones.
Military Justice Attorneys helps clients hold offending entities and individuals accountable for SCRA violations, such as issues pertaining to:
Servicemembers discharged under other-than-honorable (OTH) conditions can face significant hardships, including limited access to veterans' benefits and employment challenges. In recent years, the military underscored its commitment to fairness by providing potential remedies for those discharged due to certain conditions. We can help you seek a discharge upgrade on eligible grounds, such as:
- PTSD & TBI: Servicemembers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and other mental health conditions may be eligible to apply for a discharge upgrade.
- “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT): Prior to the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) in 2011, the policy resulted in the unjust discharge of thousands of servicemembers on the basis of sexual orientation. Servicemembers who were less than honorably discharged due to DADT may be eligible to request a discharge upgrade.
- Sexual Assault & Harassment: If an other-than-honorable (OTH) discharge resulted from the trauma of sexual assault or harassment, survivors may be eligible to upgrade their discharge, restoring their honorable reputations as military servicemembers.
Robust Defense for Military Servicemembers in MI
Why choose Military Justice Attorneys to defend your honor and hard-earned reputation? As former military officers, our firm is well-equipped to assist with:
- Comprehensive representation: Our lawyers have over 40 years of experience defending military servicemembers of any rank and branch. With an in-depth understanding of military and criminal law, our attorneys can guide your legal steps wisely from start to finish.
- Protecting your rights: Our lawyers can ensure you receive due process under the law while aggressively defending your constitutional rights as a U.S. military servicemember.
- Preserving your honor and reputation in the U.S. military: Military defense and related proceedings can significantly affect the lives of servicemembers and their families. Our advocates are committed to safeguarding your honorable reputation after years or decades of service.
- Investigations and evidence: Our team can thoroughly evaluate the unique circumstances of your case, gather strong evidence, and build a robust defense, empowering you to pursue a just outcome.
- Legal solutions tailored to each individual: We understand there is no one-size-fits-all solution in military law. We spend adequate time preparing our clients for upcoming investigations and courts-marital by taking their specific needs into account, allowing us to determine an effective defense strategy tailored to your unique goals.
Areas We Serve
At Military Justice Attorneys, we serve U.S. servicemembers and veterans in various locations, including:
- Columbus Air Force Base (Columbus)
- Keesler Air Force Base (Biloxi)
- Naval Air Station Meridian (Meridian)
"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.