Our Strategy Is Always Informed By The Mission
Much like warfare, if one does not have very defined military and political objectives, victory becomes elusive. One cannot develop the tactics to win if he or she cannot envision triumph. The strategy employed by the Bilecki Law Group centers around our mission, and our mission is to win. From the moment your investigation starts, the military justice system is setting into motion a series of events that will potentially destroy your career, sabotage your future, and perhaps even strip away your very freedom. These outcomes are not incidental to some bigger picture. They are the prosecution and the command’s objective. The military justice system is not in pursuit of justice, but order, and you are the one who pays the price for that order. You are their “example,” their “deterrence measure.”
Our mission is to stop them. We employ every tool and tactic at our disposal to accomplish that end result. This means that our strategy is to stop them at every opportunity and convey a message: that you are not an easy target. You are not their straw man, and if they need you, they will have to go through us. The command will often cite to lofty principles such as “good order and discipline,” but its method of obtaining these noble objectives are often anything but noble. Their ends will always justify their means. The United States Military may very well have the order and discipline it requires, but that will not come at the expense of our clients. We are situated in between the US Military Justice System and our clients, and we exist to win.
The War For Your Freedom Starts As Soon As We Are Retained
When does the fight for your career, retirement, or freedom begin? It starts the moment we are retained. The military justice system tries to utilize speed to ensure that you don’t have the time to properly defend yourself. That is why some of our earliest contacts are with the prosecution and the investigators. We want them to understand that they have a fight on their hands, and if they want an easy target, they better move on to the next guy because you are not it.
A First-Hand Investigation They Were Not Expecting
We’ve visited the scene of the incident and whether that was a barracks room where an alleged sexual assault occurred or a street out in Jacksonville where a Marine was involved in a brawl, we show up. We leave no stone unturned, and we look for what we know, for a fact that the investigators intentionally missed or apathetically didn’t care to examine. They always miss something. Simply put, your defense cannot rely on the prosecution’s investigation to determine the facts.
Our mission is to win and that demands first-hand knowledge. That first-hand knowledge is what the investigators are not expecting, and it destroys their testimony upon cross examination. Mr. Bilecki’s early legal mentor and legendary Miami criminal trial lawyer, Joel Hirschhorn, said it best: “to win, you must focus on the quality of your representation, not the quantity of cases. You must investigate, organize, prepare, and present your case the old fashioned way: hard work, long hours, meticulous attention to even the smallest detail, a lot of perspiration, and a little inspiration.”
Our Mission Dictates We Fight At Every Turn
Show us a court martial defense attorney who routinely tells you to waive the Article 32 hearing, and we’ll show you an attorney whose mission is not to win. Your life is on the line. As such, we waive nothing. We give up no attempt to fight back and only in rare cases where a tactical advantage is gained do we waive the Article 32. We stand and we fight at every turn. That’s because the prosecution has come to believe the Article 32 is a mere formality. They are not prepared for Bilecki to show up ready to brawl, present evidence, call witnesses, and cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses, i.e., accusers they will trot in with little to no preparation.
When this shock and awe approach hits the prosecution right in the mouth, they often fold when they realize just how much time and effort it’s going to take prosecute you. The preliminary hearing officer may recommend that the case not go to trial, or the government may drop all of the charges right there. This is not just a possibility, but a reality we frequently witness. Every court martial defense attorney who waived the Article 32 haphazardly has committed a dereliction of duty. It reflects a fear of failure, versus a drive to prevail.
Unapologetic Cross-Examination Is The Path To Victory
A free JAG defense attorney may hesitate when he or she sees the rank of a witness, or, given the military prosecutor’s ability to rise through the ranks, maybe your free JAG doesn’t want to make his or her future boss look bad. Mr. Bilecki’s time with the Army JAG Corps is long done and he will not hesitate to pull the trigger on any witness the prosecution puts forward with a devastating cross examination.
Flipping The Credibility Script Is An Elite Tactic
Our military’s reserve forces have done some great things for this nation, but there is a reason our country didn’t send “weekend warriors” deep into Pakistan to kill Bin Laden. Elite missions require elite tactics performed by elite operators – people who know what they’re doing. So it is with flipping the credibility script on the prosecution at trial. Not everyone can pull this off, but the Bilecki Law Group isn’t your backwoods part-time lawyer looking to make a little extra cash on the weekends. We’re the “pipe hitters” of court martial defense.
We’ll handle being the bad guy, because the prosecution’s unjust and flimsy case warrants such aggression. You, we’ll present you for who you are because we firmly believe that every client we represent is more than the sum of the charges against them. This is not an easy maneuver, and, when less experienced lawyers try to flip the credibility script, it ends about as well as it would tasking an ROTC unit with hostage rescue.
A Brutal Examination of the Facts At Hand
Legendary Marine General James “Chaos” Mattis famously said of leadership in warfare, “you cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dreamworld, it’s going to be bad.” The mission of the Bilecki Law Group is to win and, in that pursuit of our mission, we cannot ignore the brutal facts. That brutal truth is that the military justice system enjoys a 90% conviction rate because they stack the deck against you from day one.
We cannot ignore the brutal truth that, if deceit is needed to secure your conviction, the prosecution will employ it as needed. That brutal truth compels us to cross examine witnesses with unapologetic hostility. The brutal truth is that it is a crapshoot whether your free JAG defense attorney will care more about your career than his or her own.
Our methodology runs counter to everything you have come to understand about the military, where the objective is to fit in neatly, keep your head down, and due what you are told. The brutal truth is that you cannot coexist with a military justice system that is trying to destroy you. The truth is that you must fight back, and for that mission alone does the Bilecki Law Group exist.