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. The recruits graduation from Naval Station Great Lakes don’t realize it, but they are entering the military at a time where commands are trying to eliminate sexual assault from the ranks.
While this is a noble cause, the unfortunate truth is that it is creating a climate where an allegation is being treated as proof of guilt. Careers and lives are being ruined because the military is using a sledgehammer for this campaign when they should use a scalpel. There is no justice served when innocent men and women are prosecuted. If you are innocent of these charges, your only recourse is to stand up and fight.
We defend cases such as conspiracy to defraud the military, BAH fraud, OHA fraud, extortion, larceny, wrongful appropriation, and more. Sometimes you accidentally fire a torpedo and sometimes you make a mistake filing for BAH and get charged with fraud. Either way you still need a staunch military court martial defense.
BAH fraud is one of the more common charges we defend and believe us when we tell you that it doesn’t have to end a career. Sometimes it is an honest mistake and other times it is just a young Sailor trying to provide for his family. Either way, there is always more to the story and we make sure the entire story gets told.
We represent service members facing charges including murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, assault, and cases involving self-defense and defense of another. The truth of the matter is that fights happen in the military and it can start with something as simple as military banter gone awry.
When news of the incident with the President and the Willie D. Porter got around, the ship was routinely greeting when coming into harbor or communicating with another ship with the line, “Don’t shoot, I’m a Republican!” That no doubt led to a fight or two while in port, but when a simple fight turns ugly, serious charges can result. This is especially true when a makeshift weapon like a pool cue or beer bottle gets involved. Fights happen, but it shouldn’t end a career if you are willing to take that fight to the military justice system.
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.
We defend drug crimes and do so with pride, even if drugs are indeed involved. That is because most incidents involve a civilian who is the primary player and we know that civilian will face nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Meanwhile, it is our Sailors who must stand tall before the UCMJ. We can’t lose good men and women to these charges and certainly not while we have looming threats to this nation. You can fight and win drug charges, regardless of what the military prosecution will tell you.
These include charges such as fraternization, unauthorized absence (AWOL), disobeying a lawful order, conduct unbecoming an officer, and much more. What’s frustrating about the punitive articles is that they are enforced with little consistency from command to command.
Yes, we are confident that every command would punish Dawson for accidentally attempting to assassinate the President of the United States. Then again, the Commander in Chief’s own compassion for that mistake shows where there is room for discretion and judgement. Unfortunately, not all commands see it the same. Sometimes you need to fight just for the principle of the matter.