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. Unfortunately, much like Welch and Taylor, alcohol is often involved in such incidents and allegations. It’s rarely a sober Airman that drops his pants in a combat zone and waves his private parts at his commanding officer.
However, these charges can be quite serious and unfortunately, all it takes is an allegation to ruin a career. These charges must be fought if you are innocent and in the wake of the military’s current purge on sexual assault, it seems they are doing surgery with a sledghammer rather than a scapel. Fight for your character and reputation if you get hit with that sledgehammer.
We defend cases such as conspiracy to defraud the military, BAH fraud, OHA fraud, extortion, larceny, wrongful appropriation, and more. One might submit that Welch and Taylor wrongfully appropriated their aircraft as they had no such orders to take to the sky and at one point, had direct orders to stay out of the sky.
BAH fraud is one of the more common charges that we see and in many cases, this comes as a result of military investigators using a sledgehammer rather than a scalpel as well. Whether it is a sham marriage or perhaps wrongfully listing your off base address, we’ve seen and defended it all. Please don’t accept guilt once you get a charge without exploring your ability to fight back.
We represent service members facing charges including murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, assault, and cases involving self-defense and defense of another. As much as members of the military like to drink, they seem to enjoy fighting almost as much. In fact, they love both so much they often do them together.
Unfortunately, what starts out as an innocent drunken brawl among service members can turn very serious once a pool cue, beer bottle or chair gets involved. In many ways, fighting is part of military culture in a dog eat dog world and some airmen or pilots let that get the best of them. We fight back in court when those in uniform fight in a bar so that we can keep those good men and women in the fight for their country. When/if war comes with China, those will be the exact type of men and women we need.
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.
We’d love to tell you that alcohol is the only substance that finds its way into the military, but that’s not the case. However, even drug use is not that cut and dry. Remind us to tell you the story about Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient Peter Lemon who earned the nation’s highest honor while high as a kite on marijuana.
These include charges such as fraternization, unauthorized absence (AWOL), disobeying a lawful order, conduct unbecoming an officer, and much more. A common theme throughout military history is that the best Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines in combat are often hell to maintain in the barracks. Good men and women we need in a right often run afoul of the UCMJ and we work hard to keep them in the fight that matters.