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Camp Lester
Court Martial 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.

Camp Lester History and Court-Martial Activity

Camp Lester, formerly Camp Kuwea, situated in Chatan, Okinawa, has undergone significant transformations since its establishment in 1958, notably marked by the decommissioning of the renowned U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa in 2013. Despite its evolution, Camp Lester remains a pivotal asset for stationed Marines. However, like numerous Marine bases in the vicinity, it has become a focal point for sting operations by military law enforcement, leading to a surge in court-martial activities. Accusations stemming from these operations, ranging from predation against children to financial fraud, underscore the risks faced by service members in the region.

Navigating the legal landscape at Camp Lester poses substantial challenges, with even minor infractions potentially resulting in significant consequences such as non-judicial punishment or dishonorable discharge, jeopardizing military careers and benefits. Bilecki Law Group stands committed to defending U.S. Marines and service members stationed at Camp Lester, offering confidential consultations to address their legal concerns and safeguard their rights amidst the complex legal environment prevailing in Okinawa and the Pacific region.

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Combatting UCMJ Misuse

Marines trust Bilecki Law Group for court defense

Bilecki Law Group has built a reputation as one of the most experienced law firms operating throughout Okinawa and the Pacific today. There are many reasons why our clients choose us to represent them rather than relying solely on a JAG defense attorney or a civilian attorney on the mainland U.S. Here’s how we stand up for you:

  1. UCMJ Article 120 or Article 134 (Sex Offenses): We tackle challenging cases from sexual assault to indecent exposure, fighting against a culture of conviction without evidence, protecting careers and reputations of those unjustly accused.
  2. UCMJ Article 121 (Fraud and Larceny): From BAH fraud to wrongful appropriation, we understand the nuances that lead to financial misconduct charges and provide a robust defense against oversimplified prosecutorial narratives.
  3. UCMJ Article 128 (Assault and Violent Crime): Recognizing the reality of conflicts that escalate into charges, we defend against accusations from simple brawls to more severe confrontations, ensuring a single moment doesn’t define your future.
  4. UCMJ Article 112a (Drug Crimes): In a country where drug prevalence mirrors that of the U.S., we defend service members caught in drug-related charges, often stemming from being in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people.
  5. Punitive Articles of the UCMJ 77-134 (Military Specific Offenses): Facing minor infractions can lead to major consequences on foreign soil; we challenge disproportionate penalties for actions that would be minor stateside.
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FAQs About Military Court Martial Defense In Japan

The most common criminal offenses at Camp Lester are drug charges (possession and use being the most common) and sexual assault charges. Other criminal offenses, such as BAH and OHA fraud, are somewhat common throughout Okinawa and mainland Japan. We’ve also assisted service members accused of assault and battery charges.

Absolutely. We travel to Okinawa several times a time. We know our way around and you won’t have to babysit us once we land in Naha.

“If you play the game by their rules and on their battlefield, you’ve got a 10% or less chance of winning. Don’t play by their rules. Give them the last thing they were looking for... a FIGHT!”

- Timothy J. Bilecki

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