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. This is a big one right now, because the military is currently and rightly trying to purge sexual assault from the ranks. The only problem is that an allegation is being treated as the gospel in many cases and it is ruining the careers of many good Marines.
When you are innocent, then you are innocent. Period, end of story. Getting the military justice system to understand that discernible truth is easier said than done. However, we do that all day long. If you are innocent of a charge under these articles or the full story is not being told, then you need to fight. Don’t plead, but fight.
We defend cases such as conspiracy to defraud the military, BAH fraud, OHA fraud, extortion, larceny, wrongful appropriation, and more. Look, we’ve lived in Hawaii for many years ourselves and we know that it is a great place to live, but it is not cheap to live there.
BAH fraud is one of the more common charges we see and defend. Sometimes it is an honest misunderstanding or mistake and others, it is the result of an overzealous military investigator. Just because the investigator fancies himself Sherlock Holmes doesn’t mean he has accurately solved the case of the fraudulent BAH. There is room for you to fight here and when in doubt, Marines prefer to fight.
We represent service members facing charges including murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, assault, and cases involving self-defense and defense of another. On the battlefield, it is a blessing that Marines love to fight. At the bar in Kailua or in town, it can be a bit of a liability. Good Marines cannot always turn the aggression switch on or off and those Marines deserve to have long and productive careers.
A routine fight can bring some serious charges quickly once a chair, beer bottle, or pool cue is involved. It doesn’t really matter who started as it could be some Marine rotating through Hawaii who is just pissed he was assigned to 29 Palms and you got Hawaii. If you are involved in a fight that gets out of hand near or off K-Bay, you are likely going to need a staunch military defense.
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.
Hawaii unfortunately boasts one of the higher rates of illicit drug use per capita in the country. It would be great if good Marines were not caught up in those stats as well, but that’s not the truth. Whereas for civilians, possession of 3 grams or less of marijuana has been decriminalized, members of the military have no such exception. The UCMJ is still applied and when misapplied as it pertains to drug use, good Marines suffer.
These include charges such as fraternization, unauthorized absence (AWOL), disobeying a lawful order, conduct unbecoming an officer, and much more. Look, Hawaii is a great place to be stationed and in the Marine Corps, it’s somewhat of a rare gem. However, in every clime and place where Marines can take a gun, there will still be those that run afoul of the UCMJ.
Sometimes the charges are legitimate and needed for good order and discipline. Sometimes the charges are just downright silly. Knowing that your future career could be affected by such charges, you might want to consider fighting the small things now so that your future self won’t suffer.