Why Choose Us as Your Court-Martial Defense Lawyer?
Military members face considerable jeopardy in court-martial trials. An experienced civilian court-martial defense attorney can help you navigate the process and present a strong and compelling defense. The civilian defense lawyers in our law firm have combined decades of military law and military justice experience. If you are facing a military court-martial, you have the right to hire a civilian defense lawyer; your appointed military lawyer will remain on the case as co-counsel.
Court-Martial Defense Lawyers
In the military justice system there are three types of court-martial – General Court-Martial, Special Court-Martial, and Summary Court-Martial. Only General Courts-Martial and Special Courts-Martial are actual federal criminal trials; Summary Courts-Martial are, essentially, enhanced administrative hearings that do not result in a federal criminal conviction because they do not afford a military accused the same due process rights as required for an actual federal criminal trial. Therefore, the remainder of this page will only address General Courts-Martial and Special Courts-Martial.
The military does not label offenses as “felonies” or “misdemeanors.” A General Court-Martial or Special Court-Martial conviction is considered, and described as, a federal criminal conviction. In terms of possible sentences for conviction, however, a General Court-Martial is sometimes viewed to be roughly similar to a felony trial and a Special Court-Martial is sometimes viewed to be roughly similar to a misdemeanor trial.
In the military justice system, court-martial trials are governed by the Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM), which contains the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Rules for Courts-Martial (RCM) and the Military Rules of Evidence (MRE). Each service branch has its own rules of criminal trial procedure as well. The UCMJ is the criminal code applicable to all military members. Our court-martial defense lawyers have the experience and skill needed to navigate the complex military legal system. Please contact us at 888-399-0693 or use our free case evaluation form to discuss your defense needs.
Why Consider a Civilian Court-Martial Defense Lawyer for Your Case?
If a military member faces a General Court-Martial or Special Court-Martial, the military accused will be appointed a military defense lawyer in his/her branch of service. The military accused also has the right to hire a civilian lawyer. If a civilian court-martial defense attorney is hired, the appointed military defense lawyer will remain on the case, and will act as the civilian defense lawyer’s co-counsel. A civilian defense lawyer with military law experience can greatly add to the defense team. Attorney Richard V. Stevens has been handling the most serious military cases since 1995. That kind of experience can be critical to the defense case in spotting legal and factual issues, gathering evidence, questioning witnesses, filing and arguing motions, predicting what the prosecution will present and argue, and knowing what law, facts, and arguments will effectively counter that attack in trial. Trial litigation is greatly served by experienced defense counsel, and our past trial results speak for themselves.
Military members face considerable jeopardy in court-martial trials – possible federal criminal conviction, and possible court-martial sentences including confinement in military prison/jail, punitive discharge (Dishonorable Discharge, Bad Conduct Discharge or Dismissal for officers), and a variety of other legal, professional, personal, and family consequences. In cases alleging sex crimes, for example, the military member could face sex offender registration. Convictions and sentences in military courts could impact voting rights, rights to own firearms, and professional licenses.
The most serious military cases are heard in a court-martial trial. There are three types of court-martial, with different levels of severity.
A SPCM or GCM look very similar to a civilian criminal trial. The procedural rules and rules of evidence are very similar to what are used in civilian federal criminal court trials. Depending on the type of court-martial, if there is a conviction and qualifying sentence, the case may be heard in the military appeals system.
EXPERIENCED AND AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE REPRESENTATION BY A CIVILIAN COURT-MARTIAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY COULD BE CRUCIAL IN THESE MILITARY CASES
Defending military members in court-martial trials is what our civilian court-martial defense lawyers do. The only type of law they handle is military law. Attorney Richard V. Stevens has been handling military cases since 1995. Mr. Stevens and Mr. Spinner are civilian criminal defense attorneys and former active duty military JAG lawyers who exclusively defend military members stationed around the world who are facing military trials, discipline and investigations. If you’re facing military court-martial allegations, please don’t hesitate to seek the legal help you’re going to need. For a free initial case consultation, please contact us.