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. Whether it is in the civilian world or the military, when you infuse alcohol and a party scene, it is almost inevitable allegations of sexual assault will come about. Those who are truly victims deserve justice, but justice is not ending the career or freedom of an innocent person.
Unfortunately for members of the military, oftentimes it only takes an allegation to stifle a career. We take the tough cases that other lawyers don’t want because we believe in the hallmark of our legal system that says one is innocent until proven guilty. We truly believe it and we’ll fight like it.
We defend cases such as conspiracy to defraud the military, BAH fraud, OHA fraud, extortion, larceny, wrongful appropriation, and more. Whereas the Air Force has perhaps some of the best on base housing in all of the military, there is still a major drive for airmen to live off base in what they see as more freedom.
This drive is so strong that some will make terrible mistakes or demonstrate a solid misunderstanding of the BAH system that is designed to support that lifestyle. BAH fraud is a frequent charge we see and it is rarely as cut and dry as the military investigators would like it to be.
We represent service members facing charges including murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, assault, and cases involving self-defense and defense of another. This is one that we see far too often out of Tyndall and as we mentioned earlier, it is often our service members that suffer the greatest consequences.
When you infuse a weapon like a chair, pool cue, or beer bottle, an innocent scuffle turns into a major issue real quick. Granted, not for “Brad” the frat boy who started the fight and whose father is going to get him out of trouble again. No, it will be trouble for men like Ralph Parr who just wanted a night out on the town and a drink. It doesn’t and shouldn’t have to be the end of your military career.
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.
Drugs get more airmen out of Tyndall than would think in trouble with the UCMJ and more often than not, there is a civilian involved. That’s the danger of the Spring Break party scene in Panama City and it is again, a travesty how our good pilots and airmen have to suffer for it. Circumstances matter and if you are facing this charge, you need to fight back.
These include charges such as fraternization, unauthorized absence (AWOL), disobeying a lawful order, conduct unbecoming an officer, and much more. On any good day, there are about 100 plus mundane actions and decisions that can land you in trouble with the UCMJ.
A good number of these are helpful to instill military discipline and order. Meanwhile, an equally good number are seemingly just there for arbitrary use by command when they feel like it. If you landed on the wrong side of an Air Force Colonel not getting his coffee that morning, your career doesn’t have to suffer for it. Don’t assume that you have no recourse when the UCMJ seems to arbitrarily come down on you.