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  • Marine Falsely Accused of Hazing Successfully Challenges Investigation

    Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. A Marine Corporal (E-4) was falsely accused of hazing and his promotion to E-5 was withheld pending the outcome of the investigation.

  • Senior Chief Facing Court-Martial Will Retire With No Loss of Rank

    Naval Base Coronado, California. A Navy Senior Chief (E-8) was investigated for more than two years by NCIS alleging numerous UCMJ violations.

  • Sailor Saves Career After Testing Positive for THC

    Virginia Beach, Virginia. A Petty Officer Third Class (E-4) tested positive for THC following a random urinalysis.

  • Adverse Action Terminated, Soldier Rebuts Adultery Allegations

    Fort Liberty, North Carolina. A Specialist in the United States Army was threatened with potentially career-ending consequences pending a formal Army Regulation (AR) 15-6.

  • GOMOR Locally Filed, Army Officer to Continue Military Career

    South Carolina. An Officer in the United States Army was issued a General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand (GOMOR) for extramarital sexual conduct.

  • Soldier Exonerated of False Accusation of Sexual Assault

    Fort Johnson, Louisiana. MJA working with the military counsel, continued to fight the charges based on false accusations of sexual assault against the SPC and several other soldiers.

  • When should I hire a civilian defense attorney?

    In general, the earlier the servicemember retains a civilian defense attorney, the better, for a host of reasons. The early stages of investigation, before the preferral of charges, can provide an excellent opportunity to engage the command on alternative ways to dispose of the allegations. Though a command would never admit it, convenience does matter—even more than ensuring good order and discipline. Commanding Officers/Generals want to fight wars, not convene courts, and sometimes simply getting to them early can greatly benefit the servicemember accused of misconduct.

    Another important advantage to hiring an attorney immediately is that law enforcement and commands can no longer interrogate or ask questions of the accused, unless consent is given by the defense counsel.

  • If I am an active duty servicemember, who is under investigation, should I hire a civilian defense attorney?

    Over the past several years MJA has provided hundreds of free consultations to servicemembers who are under investigation or pending court-martial, and a common question that is discussed is whether hiring a civilian defense attorney is the prudent thing to do.  Read More Here.

  • Why do you need a civilian defense attorney?

    It is quite common to encounter an inexperienced uniformed judge advocate, sometimes right out of law school. With little to no exposure as practicing attorneys in military law, these newly minted judge advocates are routinely detailed to servicemembers suspected of misconduct by the government, even though they have never argued in front of a military judge or represented an individual at a contested court-martial. Experience does matter.

    Other criteria to consider when deciding whether pursue civilian representation include:

    1. the fact that commands have no influence over civilian defense attorneys;
    2. the increased likelihood of civilian defense attorneys to negotiate client-friendly plea agreements; and
    3. the propensity of uniformed judge advocates to stay on the case when civilian defense attorneys are hired by a servicemember—two attorneys are always better than one.

    Additionally, uniformed judge advocates commonly carry heavy caseloads—sometimes as many as thirty separate cases. Civilian defense attorneys do not normally manage such a high volume of cases; thus it is far more likely that a civilian defense attorney will devote to you the amount of time and attention your case deserves.

    A dedicated and seasoned legal advocate can guide you through your military justice proceedings, whether they include trial or a review board.

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