Military Drug Crime Lawyer
Court Martial Lawyer in Hawaii, Korea, Okinawa, Japan and Worldwide
The Bilecki Law Group defends service members accused of the full spectrum of drug offenses. From relatively minor positive urinalysis charges to international drug trafficking, we have the experience, street smarts and tenacity to take on drug offenses at all levels. Every criminal defense attorney at the firm approaches each case with a dedication and a commitment to the protection of the client's rights.
Over a decade ago, Mr. Bilecki began his defense career in Miami, Florida, and was exposed to the rigors of defending serious international drug trafficking cases. This included being part of the defense team responsible for suppressing a DEA seizure of over 400,000 pills of ecstasy. Bilecki has also successfully fought numerous positive urinalysis cases in the military and has recently spearheaded the defense of "Spice" cases in the Pacific, including successful winning a motion in Japan that declared the general order prohibiting "Spice" illegal, winning a motion declaring the Air Force AFI unlawful and obtaining acquittals in a "Spice" cases.
In drug cases, the reality is that most members of military law enforcement could care less about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or the UCMJ. CID, NCIS and OSI agents charged with eliminating drugs or contraband in the military tend to search first, and come up with a legal justification later. In one case that illustrates the point, Bilecki was able to get one deceptive CID agent in Okinawa, Japan to admit that he actually altered a Consent to Search form after the accused signed it. In that case, all charges were dismissed.
Article 112a—Wrongful use, possession, of controlled substances
"(a) Any person subject to this chapter who wrongfully uses, possesses manufacture, distributes, imports into the customs territory of the United States, exports from the United States, or introduces into an installation, vessel, vehicle, or aircraft used by or under the control of the armed forces a substance described in subsection (b) shall be punished as a court-martial may direct."
Drug charges, including offenses of drug possession and distribution, can have damaging consequences. A conviction for the possession of even a small amount of marijuana, or prescription drugs, can impact careers and limit opportunities. However, not all drug use is wrongful. The lawful use of prescription drugs is an obvious example. Even if there is no prescription, a controlled substance can also be ingested unknowingly. Being unaware of ingestion usually is not wrongful. The ingestion of a substance a person believes is sugar, but is actually cocaine, for example, would not be wrongful. There are many other situations where use of a controlled substance is not knowingly wrong.
Drug trafficking in the military has taken on new dimensions: street gangs, drug cartels, murder for hire, assassin training and stolen US military weapons.
Recent DEA sting operations resulted in the indictment of a number of active duty and formerly active duty Army Soldiers for drug trafficking and murder conspiracy charges. These sting operations involve casting a large net that captures innocent people, as well as actual street level dealers and traffickers. Also, during investigations, these dealers and traffickers are induced to identify other players in the drug game in exchange for lighter sentences.
If you find yourself caught in the middle of a drug prosecution, you should say nothing and secure the services of a civilian military defense expert immediately. The longer you wait the deeper you become entrenched in the mess since in the military, you are considered guilty under proven innocent
Superior Court-Martial Defense
Contact a military criminal defense attorney at the Bilecki Law Group to discuss your situation. Call anytime, day or night, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (800) 996-9747.