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Torii Station
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.

Torii Station trusts Bilecki Law Group for court martial defense

Okinawa was home to one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific with over 12,000 killed in action and some 50,000 considered casualties. The estimates of the Japanese soldiers killed in action on Okinawa are thought to exceed 100,000 with an untold number of civilian casualties on top. Thankfully, the relationship between Japan and the United States mended and they are now one of our strongest strategic allies in the Pacific. Torii Station now serves as the largest U.S. Army Garrison in Okinawa and rests on the front lines should a hot war in the Pacific ever heat up. Unfortunately for Soldiers stationed at Torii Station there is another hot conflict already ongoing. That is the struggle of good men and women in uniform fighting the abuse and misuses of the UCMJ. It happens regularly at Torii station and as a top global military court martial defense firm, we’ve got the passport stamps to prove it. If you’re facing investigation or court martial out of Torii Station, you’ve got a fight on your hands whether you wanted one or not.

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Fighting The Abuse And Misuse Of the UCMJ At Torii Station

The Japanese defending Okinawa in World War 2 could only be described as zealots. Purists ready to fight to the death and the high death toll on both sides indicates as much. At the end of the day, the United States forces had no choice but to fight what they knew was an uphill battle. Friends, you are facing off with the military justice system, you are staring down the barrel of prosecutorial zealots who will not be dislodged easily. They boast a high conviction rate and they hope that this is enough to scare you into backing down. Do not back down.

When the military justice system comes after you, you can no more save your life back retreating anymore than the Marines and Soldiers who landed on the beaches could save their lives by swimming back into the Pacific ocean as artillery and mortars landed all round them. The fight is on and your only choice is to get on your damn feet and fight back. Forward is the name of the game and retreat is not an option.

Facing a military court martial out of Torii station is no easy task as the prosecution knows that you are isolated from family and friends. They press this to their advantage and get you to admit to wrongdoings that you would not have otherwise if you had access to support. They will dangle mercy in front of your eyes and when you take the bait, they will destroy you in a very public fashion. It is perhaps only then that you reach out for some experienced counsel and by then, it is sometimes too late to secure for yourself the best possible outcome. Reach out to Bilecki early and we will fly out to Japan to save you from the abyss.

What Kind Of UCMJ Charges Can You Fight And Defend In Okinawa?

It’s not just Torii station, but rather all of Okinawa is home to some of the greatest UCMJ abuses on the planet. That’s because commands are so scared of local public sentiment around U.S. troop presence that they will sacrifice your career on the public relations altar just to appease the locals. It’s not fair and it sure as hell is not justice. Below you’ll see just a few of the charges we fight and defend throughout Okinawa and we think you’ll see that we don’t scare easily.

  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.
    Torii Station and Okinawa service members are being destroyed by the misapplication of the military’s campaign to root out sexual misconduct. Sexual Harassment/Abuse Response and Prevention (SHARP) started out with noble intentions, but it has created a culture where allegations are treated as fact and a mere rumor is enough to end a career. You should be scared if you are accused of these crimes and you must get quality court martial defense by 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. More often than not, an investigation regarding fraud or larceny is around some young service member who made some administrative mistake.
    Or perhaps he listened to his Staff Sergeant who taught him that “gear adrift is a gift” and took him seriously on the matter. These are often simple cases that are blown out of proportion by an aggressive command. You can fight these charges and you can win.
  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. As we mentioned, Okinawa was home to some unprecedented violence and from time to time, that violent nature shows up in a local bar.
    Again, you have to remember that commands take fights with locals more seriously than they would stateside. What starts out as a simple argument over who bumped into who turns into charges of aggravated assault when a makeshift weapon like a beer bottle gets involved. Fighting is par for the course in military life, and it shouldn’t end a career.
  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. This is again where service members at Torii Station are at a disadvantage. Silly charges what wouldn’t see the light of day stateside get prosecuted by commands worried about local sentiment. We fight many of these absurd charges simply for the principle of the matter.

How To Fight A Court Martial And Win At Torii Station Okinawa

Once again, let’s run it back to military history. The only way to win this battle is to fight like hell and not look back. The prosecution has already stacked the deck against the defense from day one and if you play by their rules you will lose. They also know that your local options at Torii Station are few for court martial defense and you can’t always count on free JAG defense counsel to be more worried about your career than theirs. At Torri Station, your TDS lawyer won’t even be on island, they will be located in Korea.

The team here at Bilecki flies in heavy-hitting attorneys from stateside who know how to take the fight straight to the prosecution. Military prosecutors are always looking for an easy win and they hate a fight. So, that’s exactly what we give them. When they see that you’ve flown in experienced counsel from stateside that will know that they’ve got a fight coming.

Take The Fight To The Heart Of Military Prosecutors

We conduct our own investigations to tear apart the trash work of military CID and we will shred any of the prosecution’s witnesses they put on the stand, regardless of how much brass is on their shoulders. We take this aggressive approach because we know what happens if you don’t fight back. We understand that it is your career, retirement, and freedom on the line.

This is true even if you did make a mistake and you did make a poor decision. You can still secure for yourself the best possible outcome, but only if you fight back. Look, you may even love the military but you have to understand that you cannot coexist with a military justice system that is out to destroy you.

Namesake and founder, Tim Bilecki, spent years in the military justice system as a Senior Defense Counsel for the Army and he will tell you first hand just how stacked the deck is against the defense. You have to fight back and you have to fight like hell. If you are facing investigation or court martial out of Torii Station, reach out to us. We’ll give you a free defense strategy session and shoot you straight on exactly what you are facing. Then, as long as you are willing to fight back, so are we and we’ll be right there in Okinawa by your side. You don’t have to do this alone. Get us into the fight.

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FAQs About Military Court Martial Defense In Japan

The most common criminal offenses that we defend against are sexual assault crimes, drug crimes (everything from possession and use to distribution), larceny and financial fraud crimes (especially OHA and BAH fraud), and less frequently, assault and battery charges.

Absolutely. We travel to Okinawa all the time. Our Okinawa court martial defense lawyers have been to Okinawa over 50 times defending service members stationed there. We know the area, know the commands and know the culture. We don’t need to be babysat once we land in Naha. When we land, we are prepared to work and ready to begin.

“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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