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Are some military controversies too small for an attorney's help?

In previous posts, we’ve explored some of the various types of courts-martial. Although less serious disputes may not be as newsworthy, a look at our law firm’s website section devoted to references and cases illustrates that important issues are still decided at all levels of military proceedings.

For example, even a poor performance evaluation might severely impair a service member’s career, with long-lasting repercussions, if it is not challenged. A service member’s performance during his or her training might result in penalties much greater than the civilian equivalent of poor academic performance. Potential penalties might include denial of a promotion or even disenrollment.

Notably, we helped a First Lieutenant in the Army in this very situation. The Lieutenant was fighting a potential penalty of disenrollment for alleged misconduct and poor performance during his medical school training. With our representation, the Lieutenant pleaded his case before a Student Promotions Committee. Fortunately, that committee voted to keep the Lieutenant in medical school.

Sometimes having legal representation can help a service member turn down the easier option, even facing down certain litigation risks to ultimately obtain a more favorable outcome. In another specific example, we helped an Army soldier who was presented with the option of non-judicial punishment and an administrative separation that would have jeopardized his Veteran’s benefits. With our representation, the soldier refused that option and defended himself at a special court-martial. After motions were filed, a settlement was reached whereby the soldier could receive an honorable administrative discharge and keep his benefits. 

As these examples illustrate, our law firm has extensive experience in representing service members facing a variety of military law challenges. An attorney can help advise on the strategy needed to pursue more favorable outcomes, as well as offer an opinion on any settlement offers. 

Related Page: “References & Cases,” copyright 2016, Law Offices of David P. Sheldon, PLLC

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