Criminal and Administrative Cases

Below are real cases that our lawyers have defended. Note: These are real case results from cases that Michael and Alexandra have personally defended. However, all cases are different. A success in one case does not guarantee success in another similar case. We do not guarantee a certain outcome, to do so violates the Rules of Professional Responsibility. In addition, the results of the case often depend on the facts, whether the client follows our advice and the stage of the proceeding at which our services are retained. Please call us with any questions or for clarification.

THESE RECENT CASES SHOW THAT IN THE MILITARY, THE DEFENDANT IS GUILTY UNLESS & UNTIL THE SERVICE MEMBER CAN PROVE HIS OR HER INNOCENCE, ESPECIALLY IN A SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE. The accused needs the highest powered defense possible, even if they are innocent. Otherwise, their rights will be trampled and they may end up in jail.

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U.S. v. Air Force O-5 – Andrews AFB, MD

Allegations: BAH & OHA fraud, Multiple counts of larceny of government property (over $60,000), False official statement, Conspiracy, Conduct unbecoming an officer & gentleman
Max Punishment: 65 years in prison, Dismissal
Result: We fought the charges in front of a jury and got mixed findings.
Sentence: NO DISCHARGE. He was able to retire. 14 days in jail (he only served a few days and was released), a reprimand, and a fine.
Discharge: NONE
Location/Branch/Rank: Andrews AFB, MD/Air Force/O-5


Our client was an Air Force Lt Col accused of receiving a full-time Air National Guard paycheck while receiving a full-time Air Reserve paycheck, at the same time. Meanwhile, he was flying full time for Jet Blue Airways. Basically, he was getting two O-5 Active Duty paychecks and a full-time Jet Blue pilot paycheck.

He was also accused of lying to the Air Force and Jet Blue about his employment and of making a false official statement about his military status to Jet Blue in a formal hearing. In addition, he was accused of calling in sick for Jet Blue to fly military missions.His charges included multiple counts of larceny (over $60,000), false official statement, and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman. He was facing over 65 years in prison, a dismissal, loss of retirement, and total forfeitures of pay.

He had served about 20 years. At the time of trial, his retirement was worth over $3 million. Our client, a father of young children and family man, wanted to avoid years in jail. He submitted a Resignation in Lieu of Court Martial and agreed to give up his $3 million retirement and take an Other than Honorable Discharge.

The Air National Guard fought against the resignation and demanded that he face a court-martial. They thought he would get 2-3 years in prison and lose his retirement.

The Secretary of the Air Force denied his request and pushed the case to a trial.

They tried to push him into a plea deal. Based on the evidence, we had NO chance of an acquittal. We were going down on most of the charges. But, the deal offered by the Air Force was garbage and we knew that we had a better chance with a jury.

Michael Waddington and Captain Allen Abrams prepared for battle. Our goal was to save his retirement and avoid years in prison. We fought the charges in front of a senior panel of Colonels.

The findings were mixed. Going into sentencing, he faced 30 years in prison and a dismissal.

SENTENCE: NO DISCHARGE. He was able to retire. 14 days in jail (he served a few days and was released), a reprimand, and a fine.

U.S. v. Army E-4 – Fort Gordon, GA

Allegations: Rape, false official statement x2
Max Punishment: LIFE IN PRISON, DD, Sex offender registration
Result: ALL SEX CHARGES DISMISSED. Client pled guilty at a Summary Court to one specification of lying to CID. He continues to serve on Active Duty.
Sentence: Reduction in rank, forfeiture of pay
Discharge: NONE
Location/Branch/Rank: Fort Gordon, GA/Army/E-4


We fought this case for over 18 months. Our client and 6 other soldiers were accused of gang-raping an enlisted soldier at the Baymont Inn & Suites outside of Fort Gordon, GA. The case became known as the “Baymont 8 Gang Rape” and it pulled in lawyers from across the United States. Our client faced charges of rape, false official statement, and others. He faced life in prison, sex offender registration, a dishonorable discharge, and a Federal Conviction.

Michael Waddington and CPT Brittany Brown-Becker, a Fort Bragg TDS lawyer, joined forces with the other defense lawyers and went on the offense. We recovered video evidence that showed the alleged victim leaving the hotel, arm in arm, with our client, after the alleged rape. We also found text messages and emails between the victim and our client that proved that they had a dating relationship after the assault. As the evidence was uncovered, the victim changed her story repeatedly and claimed to have suppressed her memories due to PTSD.

Meanwhile, we learned that, when she made the allegations, the victim was facing disciplinary action for her behavior at AIT. The problem was, our client had made several false statements to CID. The prosecution used that as leverage in an attempt to force a plea deal. We refused all plea deals that would give our client a criminal record and pushed forward to trial. Our client also rejected a Chapter 10 – Discharge in Lieu of Court Martial. After many months of legal maneuvering, they dropped the case to a Summary court so long as our client pled guilty to lying to CID. Now, he has no criminal record (a Summary court results in no criminal record) and continues to serve in the Army.

U.S. v. Army E-4 – Fort Benning, GA

Allegations: Sexual assault, Desertion terminated by apprehension
Max Punishment: 35 YEARS IN PRISON, DD, Sex offender registration
Result: Negotiated deal that reduced charges to AWOL
Sentence: RETAINED ON ACTIVE DUTY, Reduction to E-3, 90 days in jail
Discharge: NONE
Location/Branch/Rank: Fort Benning, GA/Army/E-4


When we were hired, our client faced allegations of sexual assault and desertion terminated by apprehension. He was gone for over 550 days before he was arrested and returned to military custody. He was looking at over 35 years in prison, sex offender registration, and a dishonorable discharge. Our goals were to avoid a sex offender registration and lengthy confinement.

The sexual assault charge was dropped prior to referral of the charges. Our client then submitted a Chapter 10, request for a discharge in lieu of court-martial, with an Other Than Honorable Discharge (OTH). This request was denied by the Commanding General. We had no choice but to fight the case.

As the trial date approached, we were able to get the prosecution to dismiss the Desertion charge so long as our client would admit to AWOL.

At the sentencing hearing, Mr. Waddington and CPT James Purcell presented witnesses from our client’s chain of command that testified that he was a solid duty performer since his return to active duty. We asked the Judge to allow our client to soldier back and finish his military service. The judge gave him a second chance.

U.S. v. Army E-5 – Camp Arifjan, Kuwait – Germany

Allegations: Rape, Sexual assault, indecent acts,
Max Punishment: LIFE IN PRISON, DD, Sex offender registration
Result: The case was dropped. Client PCS’d to the USA. No NJP/Article 15. No court-martial.
Discharge: NONE
Location/Branch/Rank: Camp Arifjan, Kuwait – Germany/Army/E-5


Our client was deployed to Kuwait and returned to Germany on R&R. While in Germany, he went to an MWR sponsored Oktoberfest trip. He got on a bus with soldiers and family members and headed to a beer festival. On the trip, he met the sister of another soldier and started to flirt. By the end of the trip, they were heavily making out on the bus.

After the trip, the woman accused him of rape. He faced life in prison, sex offender registration, and a DD. He immediately demanded a lawyer and hired our firm.

Alexandra González-Waddington started building the defense and investigating the case. She worked with our client’s command to present evidence that showed our client’s innocence.