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 U.S. Army is currently undergoing a well deserved reckoning as to how it has handled sexual assault in the past. While this is good news in general, it has also led to an environment where an allegation is treated as fact and is enough to end a career.
This has senior officers and enlisted personnel alike fearing for the future of their careers when an allegation arises. Moreover, many of these individuals have substantial retirements on the line. Look, if you are innocent of the charge then you need to fight it. There is nothing noble about laying down and surrendering without a fight. Wainwright gave the Japanese all they could handle and then some before he relented. We’ll say it again, if you are innocent then you need to fight.
We defend cases such as conspiracy to defraud the military, BAH fraud, OHA fraud, extortion, larceny, wrongful appropriation, and more. The truth is that life in Hawaii is expensive and senior officers can afford that more than junior officers or enlisted personnel.
That’s why BAH fraud is one of the common charges we see come out of Fort Shafter. Sometimes it is the result of an innocent mistake and other times it derives from junior personnel just trying to make ends meet. In either case, there is always more to the story. Don’t assume that you have to admit guilt because some military prosecutor tells you that you have no choice. When in doubt, fight the good fight.
We represent service members facing charges including murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, assault, and cases involving self-defense and defense of another. There is a good part of us that believes Wainwright would have delivered a solid right hook to the jaw of MacArthur when they were reunited, if he had not been so malnourished.
The truth is that there are some punches that feel good to land, but unfortunately, the UCMJ doesn’t always see it that way. This is particularly true if an impromptu weapon like a pool cue or beer bottle gets involved. A fight shouldn’t end the career of a good Soldier, not when we have emerging threats like China rising in the Pacific. Something tells us that this nation is going to need every fighter we can squeeze into the Pacific soon enough. As such, we’ll fight the good fight at your court martial to keep you in the fight that matters most.
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.
Here’s another one that might catch you by surprise, but senior officers and enlisted personnel get caught up in drugs as well. Despite two plus decades of service, the military justice system often wants to treat this issue like treason. Good men and women who have given so much to this nation do not deserve to lose their career, retirement, or freedom over this issue. There is always more to the story and we continue to believe that every Soldier we defend is more than the sum of charges levied against them. You can fight Article 112a charges and most importantly, you can win.
These include charges such as fraternization, unauthorized absence (AWOL), disobeying a lawful order, conduct unbecoming an officer, and much more. Personally, we think denying the Medal of Honor for the man who defended the area you bugged out from is conduct unbecoming an officer.
Punitive articles of the UCMJ are a functional catch-all for maintaining military discipline, but they are not enforced consistently by any means. This is where another office can try to screw over another officer as you can’t just accuse them of rape out of nowhere. The military command structure is as political as any and you shouldn’t suffer as a result of politics. Sometimes the charge might seem small, but you need to fight it while you can still stand on the sum of your career.