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Drug and Alcohol Crimes

Drugs and alcohol are prevalent in society, but the military takes a very different stance on how they are prosecuted.

Some states now allow medical marijuana and many have even started to allow the recreational use or a decriminalization of the drug. This, however, does not prevent military members from prosecution or discharge from their respective service for marijuana use because it is still illegal under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Furthermore, the military takes a hard stance on the use  of harder drugs such as cocaine or opiates. In many cases, service members with any amount of harder drugs in their system will face trial by court-martial. Most military members know that they have some reduced rights when they joint the military. One example of those reduced rights is the command’s ability to force military members to participate in random urinalysis. The command is allowed to do this under the guise of “safety” and “mission readiness.” Legally, the command calls the urinalysis an inspection. Practically speaking, however, the command uses the intrusion to search for evidence of a crime that can be used against the service member at a later date.

Our team is experienced in aggressively defending these type of cases.

We take an aggressive approach by questioning the validity of the testing procedures starting from the moment the military member is ordered to provide a sample all the way to the testing of the sample at the laboratory. Often, our team can show the members sitting on the court-martial that the laboratory was wrong, there was an issue with the test, or the specimen tested did not belong to the Accused. Often, after hearing this evidence, court members see the issues with the test and return a verdict of not guilty.

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Other Veterans Defense areas we specialize in

Court-Martial and U.C.M.J. Defense

Although being under investigation of a crime does not make you a criminal, you will likely feel like one because you will be unable to perform your military job.

Assault

Assault is another common offense chargeable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Unlike a civilian charge of assault, a military charge of assault is often accompanied with other military specific charges.

Child-Related Offenses

Whether it be sexually-based allegations or some other form of harm against a child, the consequences of being found guilty in any forum are grave.

Court-Martial: The Process

A court-martial is the military’s version of a criminal trial. The process of convening a court-martial, however, is significantly different than in the civilian community.

Military-Specific Offenses

The military is unique in the fact that the Uniform Code of Military Justice has a plethora of military-specific offenses that one can be charged with.

Murder

Our team will ensure that the government neither oversteps its authority nor preemptively focus its attention on the wrongly accused.

Other Sexual Offenses

Sexual assault and rape are not the only sexually-based offenses that a member in the military can be investigated and disciplined for.

Sexual Assault & Rape

Sexual assault and rape are serious offenses that have life changing consequences.

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