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Misawa AFB
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.

Misawa AFB trusts Bilecki Law Group for court martial defense

Facing a military court martial overseas can be a harrowing affair. You’re thousands of miles away from your family, military prosecutors are threatening the end of your career and local military court martial defense isn’t exactly easy to find. The team here at Bilecki understands this and that is why we’ve placed Japan right in the middle of our AOR. Sure, we are based in Tampa, Florida, but military service members fly us in to fight on their behalf for a reason. You’re on the front lines standing in the gap on this nation’s behalf and you deserve the best. We do it to save your career, retirement, and freedom. We do it for your families who can’t be by your side. We do it for this nation who needs you in the fight for what matters most. We also do it because experience has taught us that a high percentage of charges under the UCMJ are utter garbage and we fight just for the damn principle of the matter. If you are facing investigation or court martial out of Misawa Air Base, the next few minutes you spend reading this may very well make all the difference.

Get Ready For A Fight With The Military Justice System

Look, you may very well love the military but you have to reconcile yourself to this discernible truth. You cannot coexist with a military justice system that is out to destroy you. The military justice system is not here to play fair and they are not here to pursue the truth. The military justice system exists to preserve military discipline and for that to work, they have to make public examples out of others. If you do not fight back that example will be made out of you, innocence be damned.

Consider the island where you are currently stationed and the reality our service members faced there in World War 2. Of the roughly 27,000 American POWs captured by Japan, some 40% of them would die in captivity. Those are staggering numbers and though there are very few left, those who suffered that captivity still struggle to forgive the Japanese for atrocities they experienced. That’s why so many service members chose to fight to the death rather than risk captivity.

Now, consider the fact that the military justice system boasts a 90% conviction rate and ask yourself whether you not you should fight back. Even if they don’t get you on the primary charge, they’ll still try to get you on some bs punitive article charge just to maintain that conviction rate. You have to fight back or the military justice system will roll over you. This is true even if you did mess up and make a poor decision because you can still secure for yourself the best possible outcome.

What UCMJ Charges Can You Fight Out Of Misawa Air Base?

Military prosecutors don’t like to admit it, but if you can be charged with it under the UCMJ then you can fight it and win. You can prove that the accuser is not telling the truth and has their own motive for making the allegations. You can prove that military prosecutors botched the investigation. Hell, you can even prove that you really are in love with “Peaches McCream” and there is no BAH fraud at play here. The point is that you can fight back and you can win. Below you’ll see just a few of the charges that we fight and defend for service members out of Misawa Air Base.

  1. UCMJ Article 120 or Article 134 (Sex Offenses) – 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.
    With frightening frequency, we are seeing more and more good service members wrongly prosecuted and run out of the military over Article 120 and 134 accusations. Keep in mind, we said accusations and not even charges. That’s because in the era of Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP), all it takes is an allegation to ruin a career.
    Commands are under immense pressure to show they are taking SHARP seriously and if an innocent service member has to get run over then so be it. If you are facing these charges, you have a fight on your hands whether you want one or not. You’ve got to fight back and you need to get experienced counsel on your side ASAP.
  2. UCMJ Article 121 (Fraud and Larceny) – We defend cases such as conspiracy to defraud the military, BAH fraud, OHA fraud, extortion, larceny, wrongful appropriation, and more. BAH fraud is one of the most common charges we fight and it typically boils down to a young service member making a mistake. It shouldn’t end a career and it’s the same with other frivolous property charges.
  3. UCMJ Article 128 (Assault and Violent Crime) – We represent service members facing charges including murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, assault, and cases involving self-defense and defense of another. It is a discernible truth that military service members are going to drink alcohol and fight. They just are and there is no use pretending otherwise as it is an aggressive culture from the onset.
    However, Article 128 charges can escalate quickly when a makeshift weapon like pool cue or beer bottle gets involved. Make no mistake about it, if military prosecutors see an opportunity to elevate the charges they will not hesitate to do so. A soldier’s fight shouldn’t end a career and should be kept in reasonable context. You’re going to need top notch court martial defense to ensure prosecutors do not run away with these charges.
  4. UCMJ Article 112a (Drug Crimes) – 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.
    Japan takes drug charges seriously and if you find yourself facing such charges in Japan, it is essential that you get experienced counsel on your side that understands the various military and civilian jurisdictions at play. It is almost always the case that there is some civilian influence involved and yet, it is so often that it is our military service members that suffer the most extreme punishments.
  5. Punitive Articles of the UCMJ 77-134 (Military Specific Offenses) – These include charges such as fraternization, unauthorized absence (AWOL), disobeying a lawful order, conduct unbecoming an officer, and much more. Throughout Japan, there is a common sentiment among the local population that resents U.S. military service member’s presence because of off-base incidents.
    Command’s are fearful of these public incidents and will wield the punitive articles fast and often in order to maintain discipline overseas. As such, military prosecutors will often pile on the punitive articles just to make a better example out of you in order to scare others into compliance. You can secure for yourself the best possible outcome by fighting these pile-on charges.

How To Fight The UCMJ And Win At Misawa Air Base?

Your first step in fighting the abuse and misuse of the UCMJ at Misawa Air Base is to put together a combat mindset. Expect no mercy from the military justice system and no one is coming to save the day if you don’t seek them out. The reason why service members at Misawa Air Base fly us in from stateside to defend them is because we have a reputation for taking the fight right to the heart of the military justice system.

We will challenge the prosecution at every turn while ceding to them absolutely nothing. We will investigate, question, and destroy the accused’s malicious motives. We will point out each and every single mistake made by military investigators throughout the investigation. We will absolutely shred the prosecution’s witnesses on the stands, regardless of how much shiny brass may be on their shoulders.

You have to let prosecutors know that they do not have an easy win on their hands and when they see that you’ve flown in top notch counsel from stateside, they will get that message loud and clear. If you don’t fight back the military justice system will take everything from you. Fight back for your career, retirement, and your freedom. Most importantly, reach out to us for a free defense strategy session and get us into that fight.

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Timothy James Bilecki

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FAQs About Military Court Martial Defense In Japan

Sting operations have increased the number of convictions related to sex offenses, drug crimes, and financial fraud/larceny against the government. Other criminal offenses which are not as common but still come up from time to time include violent crimes such as assault or battery. Non-judicial punishments are also quite common.

Bilecki Law Group defends service members against all offenses under the UCMJ. If you’ve been accused of any crime whatsoever, contact our law offices immediately for a free consultation.

We travel to mainland Japan multiple – and some years – dozens of times every year. As we’ve mentioned, it has been a target for sting operations in the region, and we receive a steady stream of clients from the area. We’ve performed defense investigations and represented service members throughout the region.

“If you play the game by their rules and on their battlefield, you’ve got an exceptionally low 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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