California Military Criminal Defense
California is home to nearly 200,000 active duty and reserve service members—more than any other state in the Union. Together these men and women represent every major branch of the United States Military—from Coast Guard and Marines to Air Force and Army. Tens of thousands are stationed across dozens of installations throughout the state and play an active role in the country’s defensive and offensive capabilities year round.
Many of the men and women representing California’s military have sacrificed a great deal to be where they are today. So it’s all the more surprising to see the government toss them aside the moment they make a single mistake or are accused of a criminal offense they did not commit.
- The government wants you tried, convicted, and sentenced. You will not be given the benefit of the doubt. Rather, you will be tried like any common criminal, despite years or even decades of honorably serving your country.
- You could lose your rank, titles and military benefits. Most offenses under the UCMJ threaten a bad-conduct or dishonorable discharge, both of which will almost certainly lead to the loss of your military benefits. Over the course of your lifetime, this could be tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars—gone in the blink of an eye.
- More than just your military career is at stake. A prison sentence could steal your freedom. The registration of your name as a sex offender could destroy your reputation and your civilian career.
The risk of a conviction is simply too great to ignore. Do not wait another minute to secure legal representation. Contact Bilecki & Tipon TODAY and receive a confidential consultation into your case.
California History and Court-Martial Activity
California—known before 1850 as the Republic of California—was the 31st state to join the Union, and rapidly grew over the 19th and 20th centuries thanks to rumors of gold, industry, and opportunity. This reputation continued into the modern era with the advent of Hollywood and, more recently, Silicon Valley.
Today, California is home to dozens of military installations representing every branch of the United States armed forces. The state plays an oversized role in both the defensive and offensive capabilities of the country and is certain to continue that role over the coming decades.
- Original presence by U.S. Forces: 1850
- Number of military installations: 20+
- Number of U.S. troops in Italy: 190,000+
Court-Martial Activity: Marijuana may be legal in California, but that has only served to cause confusion in the ranks of the personnel stationed here (you could still be court-martialed for the use, possession, and distribution of drugs, and many service member still are to this day). Other criminal offenses include fraud charges against the government, assault charges against civilians and other service members, and sexual assault.
U.S. Personnel in California Trust Bilecki & Tipon to Defend Their Interests in Court
The active duty and reserve service members stationed in California have served their country courageously and honorably. Watching those careers destroyed due to a single mistake or false allegation is beyond reprehensible. These men and women, at the very least, deserve a fair trial. They do not deserve to have the odds stacked against them from the very start.
Bilecki & Tipon understands the sacrifices you’ve made to be where you are. And we believe that you deserve representation that will take the fight directly to the enemy. No matter how grim the situation looks or how insurmountable the evidence is against you, we have the experience, the connections and the resources required to ensure the best possible outcome in your case.
- We have the experience. The attorneys at Bilecki & Tipon are former judge advocates with decades of experience in courts-martial defense. We have a veteran, former law enforcement agent with thirty years of experience as our full-time investigator to perform defense investigations.
- We have the connections. It takes a network of skilled legal authorities and forensic specialists to win cases. Bilecki & Tipon has built up a network of some of the most savvy minds in the country and can direct that skill toward your case in the form of expert witness testimony and case strategy.
- We have the resources. To beat the government at its own game, you’ll need a law firm with immense resources, from consultants who are on-call to support staff that can research legal issues at a moment’s notice.
FAQ's About California Court Martial Defense
What Are Some of the Criminal Offenses that occur in California?
Drug crimes, mainly possession, use, and distribution, have long been a problem in California, especially with the confusion of its legalization in the state. Sexual assault charges remain incredibly high, as do assault charges and fraud against the government.
Bilecki & Tipon are California military defense lawyers who have defended service members against all offenses under the UCMJ. If you’ve been accused of any crime under the UCMJ, contact our law offices immediately for a confidential consultation.
How Often Do You Travel to California?
We travel to California every year to represent our military clients. We can also send support staff such as investigators and forensic specialists should the need arise. We often travel to Fort Irwin, Twentynine Palms, Travis Air Force Base, Edwards Air Force Base, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, MCRD, San Diego and others.