When you are facing court martial, it means that you have been accused of a crime by either civilian or military standards. In such a stressful time, you must remember that there are severe implications that can be found on your criminal and military. That is why you need to make sure that you have the best possible legal representation by your side. While the government may provide you with a free attorney, you may want to consider hiring a private, civilian attorney for your case.
When Paying for Private Representation is Key
While it may seem counterintuitive to pay for an attorney when a free one has been provided, the circumstances and severity of your case may necessitate this. With the loss of your job, imprisonment, fines, and more at stake, you need to do everything in your power to hire the best legal representation, which in many cases is a seasoned civilian lawyer.
Consider the following reasons:
- The government provided an attorney and the civilian lawyer can both work on the case, providing additional manpower for your defense.
- Like a public defender, the government attorney may be handling many other cases besides yours and cannot be as truly invested as a private lawyer.
- A civilian attorney may have more years of experience handling military cases, while many government defense attorneys are just out of law school.
- No chain of command exists for civilian lawyers and they can question the actions of superior officers without fear of repercussion.
There are many reasons why choosing a civilian attorney may be right for you. In your military criminal case, you need legal representation that will not hold back when fighting for your case and will not be afraid to call out higher-ranking officers for their actions.
If you decide to hire a civilian attorney, you should make sure that they know how to handle military cases like yours. As former members of the United States Armed Forces, the attorneys at Bilecki Law Group have years of experience defending military clients against criminal claims. To work with our firm, give us a call today!