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Yokota Air Base
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.

Yokota Air Base trusts Bilecki Law Group for court defense

Yokota Air Base is a United States Air Force installation located on the western outskirts of Tokyo in Mainland Japan.It is garrisoned by the 374th Airlift Wing of the USAF and its affiliated units.

The base is home to some 15,000 U.S. Military personnel as well as the American Forces Network Broadcast Center.Most U.S. Service Members garrisoned out of Yokota Air Base will serve out their time here and return to their family and friends back home. Others will not be so lucky.

For those service members that are accused of a criminal offense here, the situation can go from bad to worse almost overnight. You may be in allied territory, but you are thousands of miles from home, far from family and friends, and with few allies standing between you and the government’s prosecutors.

Questions that you’ll desperately want answers to could torment you for months. What will happen to my family after my salary and pension and benefits are taken away? How will they get back home if I’m dishonorably discharged? What will happen to me if I’m convicted?

You may be the subject of an aggressive law enforcement investigation. They will turn your whole life upside down looking for evidence to convict you. They will act with total impunity until you are either convicted or your legal representative stops them.

Yokota Air Base History and Court-Martial Activity

Yokota Air Base, originally Tama Airfield, was an Imperial Japanese Army airfield built in 1940 and used as a flight testing facility until the end of World War II. It was taken without resistance by U.S. Forces in September of 1945.

The airfield was later expanded by the Americans and played an integral reconnaissance and support role in both the Korean War and the Cold War and Vietnam War.

The base is currently home to over 15,000 U.S. Service Members, many of which are from the 374th Operations Group and its supporting units. The 374th was most recently commended for its assistance in Operation Tomodachi, which went into effect following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima nuclear facility.

Fast Facts:

  • Established: 1940
  • Location: Mainland Japan, Tokyo
  • Garrison: 374th Airlift Wing (374th Maintenance Group, 374th Mission Support Group, 374th Operations Group, 374th Medical Group), 5th Air Force, 730th Air Mobility Squadron, 337th Air Support Flight
  • Population: 15,000+

Court-Martial Activity: Yokota Air Base, like many U.S. Military installations throughout Japan and the Pacific, has been the target of numerous regional sting operations by the military’s CID and NCIS law enforcement agencies. These sting operations commonly seek out alleged sex offenders, drug dealers, and those attempting to commit financial fraud. Many of these men and women are innocent of any wrongdoing. But that has not stopped the government from halting these aggressive law enforcement tactics.

U.S. Air Force Personnel at Yokota Air Base Trust Bilecki Law Group, PLLC to Defend Their Interests in Court

Over the years Bilecki Law Group has been tasked with preserving the reputations, the freedoms and even the lives of U.S. Service Members that have been accused of criminal offenses on the Japanese Mainland. The men and women that serve our country do not deserve to be tried and convicted alone and without proper legal representation. Our law firm is dedicated to serving the interests of these service members.

Bilecki Law Group offer these men and women numerous advantages that few if any civilian defense attorneys can match. This includes, but is not limited to:

Rapid deployment to your location. The longer you go without legal representation, the greater the risks that evidence will get lost, witnesses will disappear, and law enforcement will lead you into making a mistake. Bilecki Law Group is based here in the Pacific and can reach your location in hours, ensuring a proper investigation can take place and you do not stay unrepresented for long.

A network of expert witnesses and consultants. Bilecki Law Group has been in business a long time and has built up a network of specialists in many different fields of technology and forensics. We also employ a full-time private investigator with law enforcement backgrounds to assist us with both in-state and out-of-country investigations.

We’ve worked in the region for decades. Bilecki Law Group criminal defense attorneys understand the nuances of trying a court-martial in Japan, and our blind spots are covered by individuals we have relationships with who can be called upon if necessary to help defend your case.

Bilecki Law Group serves all U.S. Air Force personnel at Yokota Air Base. Call us TODAY for a confidential consultation into your case.

What Charges Can I Fight And Defeat At Yokoto Air Base?

  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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Timothy James Bilecki

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FAQs About Military Court Martial Defense In Japan

Recent sting operations have dramatically increased the number of service members accused of drug crimes, sex offenses, and financial fraud. Sexual assault allegations are also quite common. Other offenses occur from time to time as well, including violent crimes such as assault, battery, and breaking and entering. Even manslaughter and murder charges are not unheard of in Japan.

Not all drug use is wrongful. The lawful use of prescription drugs is an obvious example. The ingestion of a substance a person believes is powdered sugar, but is actually cocaine, for example, would not be wrongful. And these are just two examples we’ve seen in court cases around the world. In a similar vein, recent DEA sting operations resulted in the indictment of a number of active duty and formerly active duty service members for drug trafficking charges. These sting operations involve casting a large net that captures innocent people, as well as actual street-level dealers and traffickers. Regardless of the charges brought against you, and no matter how much evidence the military says they have on you, we can help. Bilecki Law Group defends service members accused of the full spectrum of drug offenses. From relatively minor positive urinalysis charges to international drug trafficking, we have the experience, street smarts and tenacity to take on drug offenses at all levels.

“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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