These cases can include rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, abusive sexual contact, sexual assault of a minor, indecent viewing, indecent recording, forcible pandering, indecent exposure, and other Article 120 and Article 120(c) offenses. We know court martial defense attorneys who are doing everything they can do avoid defending Article 120 or 134 charges as a result of the military’s campaign to root out sexual assault.
While that campaign is just and needed, it is resulting in countless men and women being treated as guilty upon the first sign of an allegation. This is not justice. Like Roosevelt, we are requesting to be on the front line of this fight. There is no justice for a victim when an innocent Soldier is prosecuted. If you are innocent or feel the entire story is not being told, you need to stand up and fight. You may have never thought you’d be facing court martial for such a charge, but resolve yourself to fight and we’ll start the war from right here.
We defend cases such as conspiracy to defraud the military, BAH fraud, OHA fraud, extortion, larceny, wrongful appropriation, and more. Out of all the various fraud charges we defend, BAH fraud is the most common.
In some cases the charge comes as a result of an overzealous military investigator who fancies himself the military Sherlock Holmes. He thinks that he’s got you, but trust us, that is not necessarily true. In other cases, what we see is a good Soldier trying to do his best to provide for his family. In either case, it shouldn’t mean the end of a career or excessive punishment.
We represent service members facing charges including murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, assault, and cases involving self-defense and defense of another. When a Soldier’s fight takes place on or off Fort Polk, oftentimes the two can just walk away and let it be without getting the UCMJ involved.
However, when a makeshift weapon like a pool cue, beer bottle or chair gets involved, the charges can get serious in a hurry. This is particularly true when the fight is with a civilian and serious bodily harm occurs. What is frustrating is that such fights are often initiated by the civilian who wanted to take on a Soldier. Meanwhile, the civilian walks away with a slap on the wrist and it’s our men and women in uniform who are forced to stand tall before the UCMJ. It’s not right and that’s why we fight to make sure the entire story gets considered.
We defend cases involving drug possession, drug distribution, drug importation, drug manufacturing, drug trafficking, positive urinalysis cases, tampering with urinalysis cases, and more. These cases often involve illegal controlled substances such as marijuana, LSD, methamphetamines, cocaine, ecstasy, molly, opioids, analogues, and more.
Drug crimes are another example where civilian influence can lead a Fort Polk Soldier into trouble and the civilian doesn’t even get so much as a ticket. This is true in more and more states as they legalize recreational marijuana and at some point, the military is going to have to reconcile that truth. Don’t let military prosecutors fool you into thinking that you can’t fight these charges.
These include charges such as fraternization, unauthorized absence (AWOL), disobeying a lawful order, conduct unbecoming an officer, and much more. Look, we recognize that the UCMJ is essential to military discipline and in that regard, it is a great tool for command to wield.
The only problem is when commands wield it with little consistency, and you find otherwise good Soldiers facing some serious and downright silly charges. Sometimes you must fight the good fight on these ridiculous charges just out of principle. You fight so that command does not continue to enforce the UCMJ in an arbitrary and capricious manner going forward.