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. Just as the military has had to undergo a reckoning with race and sexual orientation, so to has the military had to work through its problem with sexual assault within the ranks.
While we applaud this effort, unfortunately there are many good men and women who wear the uniform that are getting caught up in this campaign. An environment has been created where an allegation is treated as proof of guilt and careers are getting ruined in the meantime. If you are innocent of any charge under these articles, you are likely going to have to fight to prove it. We’ll say it again, if you are innocent or the full story is not being considered, you need to fight.
We defend cases such as conspiracy to defraud the military, BAH fraud, OHA fraud, extortion, larceny, wrongful appropriation, and more. Life in Hawaii is expensive and unfortunately, this often leads to mischief with regards to BAH.
BAH fraud is one of the more common charges we see and in plenty of cases, they result from the overzealous certainty of a military investigator who thinks they caught you. The truth may set you free, but sometimes you have to fight to get the truth into the light.
We represent service members facing charges including murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, assault, and cases involving self-defense and defense of another. Now, Doris Miller may have been a cook, but it is clear the man could fight.
However, if Miller had landed a good right cross on a white sailor outside of a boxing ring in 1941 Pearl Harbor, how do you think he would have been treated by the military justice system? There is always more to the story when it comes to a fight in the military. Some are harmless, but when a weapon like a chair or beer bottle gets involved, the charges can get serious in a hurry.
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.
Tourists from all over the world come to Hawaii and unfortunately, they bring their favorite drugs with them. This often leads to trouble for service members off base and although it is a civilian that gets the Sailor in trouble, it is the Sailor who has to answer to the UCMJ for it all. These are charges that can be quite serious and need to be fought if you value your career, retirement, or freedom.
These include charges such as fraternization, unauthorized absence (AWOL), disobeying a lawful order, conduct unbecoming an officer, and much more. The punitive articles are often the ones that are enforced in an arbitrary manner and entirely dependent on the mood and climate of command at the time. While we understand the purpose of the UCMJ and we value military discipline, some of the charges can be just plain silly. They make about as much sense as putting your best fighter in the galley rather than on the battlefield.