The reasons why a service member might require the skills of a lawyer can be quite varied, as illustrated by the client testimonials on our law firm’s website. Yet several common themes emerge, often involving a fight to preserve one’s career, military benefits or future opportunities.
For example, one testimonial describes how a Bad Faith Peer Review hindered the recipient from obtaining new medical licenses in other venues. Other attorneys predicted unfavorable results, but our law firm took the client’s case and helped the client to recently achieve a professional goal.
Anyone facing a military investigation should consider a consultation with an experienced military law. The reason is simple: military investigations come in many varieties, and may be conducted by different entities. Each branch of the armed forces has its own specialized criminal investigative service. Yet investigations may also be conducted within a command or by the Military Police.
Our law firm has experience with many common types of military investigations. For example, a criminal investigation may begin with a commander’s preliminary inquiry pursuant to the Rule of Court Martial 303. Even in the military, it is important for an accused to remember that he or she has certain rights against self-incrimination. Some of those protections are found in Article 31 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Non-criminal actions, such as negligence, might also subject a service member to administrative, rather than criminal proceedings. Yet certain procedural protections also apply in that forum. An attorney that focuses on military law can help you during the process.
Source: FindLaw, “Military Investigations: The Basics,” copyright 2016, Thomson Reuters