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. When a Soldier receives a charge of sexual misconduct, it takes the breath right out of them. It seems as if the allegation alone is enough to take down a career.
If you are innocent of the charges, you can’t just lay down and let the military justice system roll over you. Moreover, if the charges do not take into account the full narrative, you need to fight to get it heard in court. Innocent Soldiers going to jail for crimes they didn’t commit. This offers no one justice and it does nothing to rid sexual assault from the ranks. You may feel down and out, but get up off of the stretcher with your etool and get back into the fight.
We defend cases such as conspiracy to defraud the military, BAH fraud, OHA fraud, extortion, larceny, wrongful appropriation, and more. In the modern peacetime military, we’re pretty sure that if Wilson had lost his etool after cracking it upside the heads of the enemy that someone would be looking to charge him for it.
The peacetime military is a difficult thing to navigate for those born to be on the battlefield. Sometimes it is wrongful appropriation and often it is a case of BAH fraud that we see. Soldiers trying to make ends meet out of Fort Still make a mistake or misunderstand the rules and before you know it, a military investigator is knocking on their door. You can fight BAH fraud charges and it doesn’t have to end a career.
We represent service members facing charges including murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, assault, and cases involving self-defense and defense of another. Now, we sort of lost count, but there were approximately 15 well armed Chinese soldiers that Wilson killed by himself that day. This is a man you don’t want to meet in a fight.
For better or worse, fights do happen in the military and while it is rarely an etool used, the charges can escalate quickly when a weapon is involved. Keep in mind that this can be a beer bottle, chair, or pool cue. The charge is all the same and we fight those charges to keep our Soldiers who like to fight in the fight for this nation’s freedom when it 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.
We’d like to say that drugs were not a problem in the military, but the list of cases we defend proves otherwise. Many times it is a civilian that leads an otherwise good Soldier down a dangerous path, which is unfortunate because that civilian will face few penalties. Our Soldiers have to answer to the UCMJ, but this doesn’t have to be a career death sentence if you fight like your life and career depended on it.
These include charges such as fraternization, unauthorized absence (AWOL), disobeying a lawful order, conduct unbecoming an officer, and much more. It must have been difficult for the once officer in Benjamin Wilson to swallow his pride and become a Private just to get back into the fight.
It wouldn’t surprise us in the least if you technically ran afoul of the UCMJ a time or two as some of these charges can be just plain silly. Moreover, these charges are the ones that are rarely enforced with consistency from command to command. You may think it a small charge, but if you think you are being singled out for misuse of the UCMJ, the answer is again, fight.