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What Do Military Attorneys Do?
Military attorneys deal with the body of laws and rules of conduct administered by military courts for the discipline, trial, and punishment of military personnel.
Military law is governed by federal laws and statues, which consist of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and other statutory provisions for the government of persons in the Armed Forces to which may be added the unwritten common law of the usage and custom of military service as well as regulations and authorized by the President as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.
Military attorneys must understand that military law is a part of our body of law as a whole, and is fully recognized by civil courts; it is in force in time of peace as well as in time of war. All persons serving in the Armed Forces of the United States are subject to military law at all times.
Should I hire a Military Attorney?
If you are the subject of an investigation by military authorities, or if you are faced with adverse action being taken against you by the military, you need a military law attorney now. Your best line of defense in a Court Martial, Board of Inquiry or an Administrative Separation Action is your military attorney. If you have already been convicted by a Court Martial, your appeal process is your final hope, so you need a seasoned military law attorney to represent you and yield the best possible results. Among the issues a military attorney can help you with include:
- Court Martial – prosecutions under the UCMJ
- Adverse Administration Actions, including Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP), also known as Article 15
- Defense of Positive Urinalysis for Drugs
- Absence Without Leave (AWOL)/Desertion
- Administrative Separation Boards/Boards of Inquiry
- Appeals of Courts-Martial Convictions
- Denial or Revocation of Security Clearances, Promotions or Other Special Status or Position
- Military Medical Malpractice Claims
- Physical Evaluation Boards/Medical Evaluation Boards (PEB/MEB)
- Correction of Military Records (BCMR) and Upgrade of Discharge (DRB)
- Federal Civilian Employee/ Civil Service Discharges (EEOC, MSPB)
- Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
- Assistance with the Post-trial Process after a Court Martial – CA clemency or Clemency & Parole Board, Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA), Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF), Judge Advocate General