VIOLENT CRIME DEFENSE
At Bilecki Law Group,We believe every service member has earned their right to an aggressive defense on their day in court. We specialize in taking the fight to the prosecution and winning cases that others said were unwinnable.
Military Lawyer For Article UCMJ Article 118, 119 and 128 Offenses.
The Bilecki Law Group has defended service members around the world from court martial cases involving assault, domestic violence, manslaughter, and even premeditated murder. If you’re looking for a defense attorney whose primary advice is to tell you to plead guilty, we aren’t the law firm for you. We are the lawyers you hire when you are ready to stand up and fight the military justice system.
Let’s face it, you’re under immense pressure to get out from under these charges, one way or another. The military counsel you’ve been detailed will likely tell you that a plea agreement is your best option. Your command may lead you to believe that if you take the deal offered by the prosecution, you will avoid making a spectacle in court. Even your friends and family could ask that you take the plea deal to avoid the harsher sentencing of being found guilty at your court martial.
A conviction for these types of court martial charges can have you spending years, if not the rest of your life, in prison if you’re found guilty. You need to stand up and fight these charges with everything that you have. The Bilecki Law Group has represented service members charged with everything from simple assault to premeditated manslaughter. And as a member of the U.S. Military, you deserve a legal team with serious credentials, experience, and a passion for winning.
Tough Charges, Even Tougher Advocacy
Article 118, UCMJ (Murder)
Charges of premeditated murder, or cases in which a death came about through an act by the accused, are prosecuted under Article 118 of the UCMJ. Murder that occurred while the suspect was participating in burglary, rape, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, arson, or some other crime in which the accused manifested a reckless indifference for human life, and death was the outcome, could also be charged as murder. If convicted, you can receive a sentence including reduction to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for up to life without parole and a dishonorable discharge.
Article 119 (Manslaughter)
Manslaughter charges are set in motion when it is alleged that certain factors were present in the death of another individual, such as the unlawful killing of another or an intent to inflict great bodily harm. The difference between murder and voluntary manslaughter is that in voluntary manslaughter, often the act was committed in the heat of passion, whether from fear or rage. A conviction for manslaughter can result reduction to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, significant confinement, and a dishonorable discharge.
Article 119a (Injuring an Unborn Child)
Article 128 (Assault)
Article 128 encompasses various forms of assault, aggravated assault, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Unfortunately, it’s very possible to have assault charges preferred against you, even if your actions were in self-defense. All forms of assault are covered under Article 128, including both aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon. Sentencing for assault can include a reduction to E-1, total forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement, and a dishonorable discharge.
Article 128b (Domestic Violence)
The most recent iteration of the Uniform Code of Military Justice carved out a separate statue under Article 128b for Domestic Violence and intimate partner violence. These cases are typically full of emotion, anger, rage, and distress. It’s critically important that you don’t solely rely on those emotions to fight the charges against you, as that typically ends in a guilty verdict. It’s important to have a defense attorney who can come in and represent you with a clear mind and sound strategic defense. A conviction for domestic violence can lead to reduction to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement, and a dishonorable discharge. In addition, due to the Lautenberg Amendment, a conviction could prevent you from ever owing a firearm.
An Aggressive Defense Lawyer May Be All You Have Standing Between You and Prison.
The quality of your military defense attorney couldn’t be more important if you’re accused of a violent crime listed under Article 118, 119 or 128 of the UCMJ. Every detail of the case must be reviewed and evaluated, including possibly visiting the scene where the assault allegedly took place, as well as engaging in in-depth interviews with witnesses and a total review of all evidence collected at the crime scene.
Everything is at stake. Your military career, your reputation, your finances, even your freedom are all on the line. A discount lawyer or an inexperienced isn’t going to cut it here. Only the toughest legal team can stop the prosecution in its tracks and secure the best possible outcome for you in court.