Court Martial Defense Attorneys
A court-martial or non-judicial punishment is a terrifying thing. Accusations are leveled against you. Criminal investigations are underway. And through it all, you’ve been kept in the dark, unsure of the best course of action to take.
- If you are found guilty, what will your punishment be? How will that sentencing affect your life and your future in the military?
- What will happen to your benefits if you are separated from the military with a characterization less than honorable?
- How much does law enforcement know? What do they not know? What evidence do they have against me and do I even stand a chance in court?
You’re looking for straight talk. You’re looking for honest advice from fellow military veterans who have cut ties with the military’s legal establishment. You’re looking for a court martial defense law firm that knows the system inside and out. Most important of all, you’re looking to win.
Let us help you get where you need to go.
Have you been accused of a crime in the military? You could lose more than just your military career. Contact the law firm of Bilecki & Tipon TODAY for some straight talk into your situation.
We Defend Service Members From Judicial and Non-Judicial Punishment
Fear of the government and what it can do to you and your military career isn’t cowardice—it’s intelligence. If the government’s 90% conviction rate doesn’t scare you, then it means you’re being willfully ignorant about the reality of your situation.
Only by facing that reality head-on do you stand a chance against this ruthless and implacable opponent.
You have served the military honorably, but that will mean nothing once you’ve fallen out of favor.
What You're Up Against
Our court martial lawyers and attorneys been defending military service members for decades, and we have seen some frightening things, not least of which include:
- Extreme behavior by law enforcement. Searches and seizures without warrants, the planting of evidence, forced confessions and illegal sting operations abound and are actually on the rise throughout the Pacific and other locations with an established U.S. military presence.
- Unlimited taxpayer funding for convictions. The government goes to extreme lengths to convict service members accused of criminal offenses. That 90% conviction rate is largely due to the sheer amount of resources at the prosecutor’s disposal. Very few defense attorneys have the ability to withstand that onslaught of money and manpower.
- Witch hunt tactics. This most notably concerns any accusation of sexual assault. Expect the military’s prosecutors to do everything in their power to make your case very public and very salacious as they attempt to destroy both your future and your reputation in one fell swoop.
Bilecki & Tipon is often the last line of defense you have against an enemy that wishes to publicly shame you and put you behind bars. Protect yourself against judicial and non-judicial punishment by making one call to Bilecki & Tipon TODAY.
Court Martial Practice Areas
If you are a service member accused of a sexual crime under the UCMJ then the deck is already stacked against you. Retaining the right legal team that specializes in sexual assault cases can mean the difference between years in prison and exoneration. When you face allegations of rape, sexual assault, or any other sex crime, we have the experience, knowledge, and skills to fight and win for you.
Have you been accused of the possession, trafficking, or use of drugs as a military member of the U.S. armed forces? Your career, reputation, and freedom are at risk. Whether it’s the distribution or possession of illegal drugs, find out how we will fight your charges.
We defend service members against all larceny and financial crimes. This includes BAH/OHA/DTS Fraud, theft & larceny, and procurement card fraud. If you have been accused by the American military of these financial crimes, find out how we will defend your court martial charges.
Despite having served honorably in United States armed forces, if you are accused of committing AWOL, you will be branded a criminal before your trial has begun. If you’re currently in an AWOL, UA, or desertion status, or are charged with one of these offenses, find out what you may be facing.
The UCMJ Articles
The UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) is the foundation of military law for the military. It was established by Congress in accordance with the authority given by the Constitution, which provides that “The Congress shall have Power…To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval forces.” It is the foundation of U.S. Military law with its roots reaching through history to the very first Continental Army of the United States.
Found within the UCMJ are 146 Articles. Some are punitive articles which govern all elements and sentencing of the country’s court-martial justice system. Others, such as Article 15, define how administrative hearings or other non-judicial punishments should take place.
The Manual for Courts-Martial provides maximum punishments, rules of evidence, and what constitutes a violation of each article under the UCMJ. You can also find information specific to each Article of the UCMJ here.
I’ve Committed a Crime. Will I Have to Go to Court Martial?
Not all criminal offenses will require judicial punishment. The military allows a commanding officer some leeway in disciplining the troops under his or her command. Under certain conditions, an administrative hearing or another form of non-judicial punishment may be warranted.
Just because you’ve escaped a court-martial doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods. If you’ve ever wondered how far you could take your military career, then an NJP can be just as devastating to your future. A military defense attorney can help you fight back against all forms of legal retribution—judicial or otherwise.
Maximum Sentence For Military Crimes
Death is the maximum possible sentence that a military court can give out. With that said, every punitive UCMJ article proposes a range of sentencing, and the death penalty is quite rare. Some articles, such as Article 118 for Murder, carry with it the possibility of the death sentence or life sentence in prison without the opportunity for parole.
The Court Martial Process
The court martial process consists of:
- The Investigation
- Preferral Of Charges
- Article 32 Hearing
- Referral Of Charges
- Motions and Litigation
- Sentencing Hearing