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April 2012
Tim Bilecki

Bilecki Negotiates No Punitive Discharge for Sailor Testing Positive for Meth

Wrongful Use of Methamphetamine x 3
Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickam, Hawaii
Navy Petty Officer First Class: E-6
Summary Court Martial, time served, no punitive discharge.

 

Facts:

A Navy Petty Officer stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii faced serious allegations after testing positive for methamphetamine use on three separate occasions. The case’s complexity was heightened by the multiple positive tests, significantly reducing the chances of an acquittal at trial. Pre-trial confinement at the US Naval Brig on Ford Island, Hawaii, further complicated the situation. Understanding the potential long-term repercussions of a federal felony drug conviction on the Sailor’s civilian life, Mr. Bilecki, specializing in UCMJ Article 112a cases, along with military counsel, engaged in strategic negotiations with the prosecution. Their focused efforts led to a reduction of all charges to a Summary Court Martial level. This decisive action by the defense team successfully prevented a felony drug conviction and punitive discharge for the client, who was released from confinement with time served.

 

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