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March 2012
Tim Bilecki

Bilecki Secures SILT for Marine Charged with Marijuana Use, Evidence Tampering

Wrongful Use of Marijuana, Tampering with Evidence
Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
Marine Corps | Rank: Corporal (E-4)
Charges dismissed, SILT approved

Facts:

A Marine Corporal at the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, faced severe allegations following a battalion-wide urinalysis. The urinalysis results indicated that the Corporal’s sample was adulterated, leading to an investigation and subsequent charges at a court martial for marijuana use and tampering with evidence.

 

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In response to these serious charges, Mr. Bilecki was retained as an attorney specializing in Article 112a UCMJ controlled substance cases. His primary objective was to prevent a conviction at the court martial, which would result in a federal felony drug conviction for the client. Over the course of nearly five months, Mr. Bilecki diligently worked on the case, engaging in extensive negotiations with the government.

 

The persistent efforts of Mr. Bilecki paid off. He successfully negotiated with the prosecution to have the case disposed of through administrative separation in lieu of trial (SILT).  This outcome was significant as it meant the client avoided a federal drug conviction and any jail time. The charges were dropped, concluding the case with a favorable result for the Marine Corporal.

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