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September 2021
Tim Bilecki

Bilecki Defends Army Captain in AWOL Case, No Charges Preferred

AWOL
Fort Irwin, California
Army Captain – O-3
Charges not preferred.

Absent Without Leave (AWOL) is perhaps the best-known military crime. The phrase AWOL has worked itself into the modern lexicon and is used to describe everything from lost car keys to TV remotes. However, without competent representation, AWOL can be used to unjustly destroy a service member’s life when it doesn’t have to end that way.

Such was the case of a young Army Captain who retained a military defense lawyer, Tim Bilecki, after being accused of AWOL under the UCMJ. As a result of our extensive experience, Bilecki’s defense team was able to work with the client’s command and the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) so that the Captain could return to his duty station to be taken off AWOL status.

That last part was essential to secure the best possible outcome for the young officer. Then, through direct negotiations, we were able to secure an outcome that allowed the client to leave the military, which was his desired outcome. This resolution also prevented the government from preferring court martial charges against him.

If you’re keeping score, that’s an officer of the United States Military in whom the military has invested significant resources. The Captain wanted to leave the military, and through skilled negotiations and experience, Bilecki was able to secure that outcome for him without any charges brought upon him by the government. This is possible, and it can be done if you get the right legal representation. Don’t go AWOL just to test, but if this is the scenario you find yourself in and it feels hopeless, reach out to us.

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