Rape & Sexual Assault in the Military

No criminal accusation in today’s military comes close to being as politicized and stigmatized as rape and sexual assault. That’s a fact.

And no allegation is as devastating to a service member’s reputation and leaves as dark of a stain on their futures as a guilty sexual assault or rape verdict.

You’re here because you or someone you love has been accused of such a crime. You remain uncertain as to whether a court-martial will discover your innocence. You do not know what evidence the government has against you. Do they have DNA? Multiple witnesses? If it’s a he-said-she-said case, are you convinced that your reputation commands more weight than the victim’s?

soldier that was accused of a crimeDo you acknowledge that in today’s society, the victim is nearly always given the benefit of the doubt?

And do you dare risk prison time and the stigma of being a sex offender by putting the fate of your trial in the hands of a military lawyer just out of law school? Are you certain that the truth of the case will be found out, even as military prosecutors with years of experience manipulate and warp that truth to serve their interests?

We don’t say these things to scare you. We say them to warn you. Sexual assault and rape cases in the military are the equivalent of modern-day witch hunts. And aggressive counsel is all that stands between you and the stake.

Are Rape and Sexual Assault in the Military Really on the Rise?

The number of sexual assault allegations in the military is near all-time highs. This according to the annual Department of Defense SAPR report, which noted that 2015-16’s sexual assault cases in the military “was sustained at the high level the Department witnessed in recent years.

We’re skeptical of is just why so many of these cases, are allegedly committed by active duty service members. Is it because sexual assault really is increasing? Or is it because the rewards for being a sexual assault victim are just too good to pass up?

We’ve tried hundreds of sexual assault cases and we’ve seen how service members manipulate the bias for victims to secure promotions, relocations, or honorable discharges. Call us crazy, but from what we’ve seen, the victim of the crime is more often the service member that was accused of sexual assault in the first place.

Your Future Hangs in the Balance of a Single Court Martial Verdict

Sexual assault accusations are the ugliest of all criminal allegations because of the damage they inflict on a service member’s reputation. This reputation follows the service member wherever they go, both inside and outside the military.

  • How will you explain to your wife, your children, and your friends that you’re a convicted rapist or sex offender? How many of them will hold some lingering doubts about your innocence?
  • What will you tell a future employer when they perform a background check on you and discover you were dishonorably discharged for assaulting and raping another service member?
  • Those found guilty of sexual assault are often sentenced to years, even decades in prison. Are you willing to give up a substantial portion of your life while you are locked up? How will you hold up?

Your life and reputation are in terrible danger from a sexual assault or rape allegation. One call to Bilecki & Tipon will allow you to decide for yourself whether or not to retain hard hitting, legal representation and defend your freedom, your honor, and your future civilian or military career.

I’ve Been Accused of Rape or Sexual Assault. Now What?

Do not discuss details about the case or the accusations with anybody. Invoke your right to remain silent and request to have your lawyer present if called into CID/NCIS/OSI. Never assume that your innocence will be enough to secure a Not Guilty verdict.

A sexual assault or rape allegation is not a can to be kicked down the road. We’ve seen terrible verdicts where the accused service members made assumptions about the strength of their case and the ability of their appointed lawyers and lost everything. Every day you wait to attain legal counsel is a day the prosecution strengthens its case against you.

If you believe they’ll drop the case or forget about you, it will make it all the more horrific when you get The Call from your command and find out that charges were preferred against you.

Do not believe that the truth will set you free. Not in this case. Prosecutors know how to use the truth to fit their own narratives. The only way to prevent such a fate is to hire a team of gunslingers to advocate for you at your court martial.

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Our Results Speak for Themselves.

Putting your case in the hands of an inexperienced attorney is exactly what the prosecution wants. In fact, it’s what they’ve come to expect. Military members assume their innocence will prevail in the courtroom. They could not be more wrong.

Bilecki & Tipon has decades of experience fighting off tenacious and win at all cost military prosecutors. When you want certainty that your case will receive the best verdict possible, you work with the military rape defense lawyers at Bilecki & Tipon.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rape & Sexual Assault

What Is a He-Said-She-Said Case?

Accusations of sexual assault or rape are brought by one service member against another. Almost no evidence can be found for or against either party. You’d assume that the victim’s word alone wouldn’t be enough by itself to force a court-martial. But this is wishful thinking. Military prosecutors go to court with nothing but the victim’s supposed account of events all the time. And more often than not, they win.

Never make assumptions about the strength of the evidence the prosecution may have against you. Even if it’s your word against the alleged victim’s, you are in grave danger of being found guilty in your sexual assault case. Take the necessary precautions and hire an aggressive legal team to fight for you in court.

The Obama Administration Pulled for the Victim in Every Case. Don’t I Have Less to Worry About Under a Trump Administration?

Not necessarily. In fact, this is exactly the kind of assumption that can jeopardize your military career and earn you a dishonorable discharge or worse—jail time.

Just because one administration is gone and another has taken its place does not mean that you’re safe from bias against you and for the victim. The prosecution understands how to use that bias regardless of who is sitting in the Oval Office. Always hire legal representation that knows how to combat this bias in a court-martial setting.

Can I Beat DNA Evidence Against Me?

Yes, you can. And we do it all the time.

DNA evidence does not guarantee a slam dunk for the prosecution. Bilecki & Tipon has plenty of options at our disposal for combating this kind of evidence. We may manage to suppress it entirely. Or we may use it to our own advantage in court, swinging that very DNA evidence in our favor by hiring our own DNA expert.

You always have a shot at securing a not-guilty verdict with the right court martial defense attorneys. Regardless of what the prosecution has against you, you can win on your day (or week or month) in court with hard-hitting, aggressive advocacy.

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