When should I get a military defense attorney involved in my case?
The answer is simple. If you’re asking that question, then you definitely need a military defense lawyer in your case. If you have any doubts about what’s going to happen, what your options are, how to act, whether or not you should speak with law enforcement or not speak with them, whether or not you should consent a search, or if you just want peace of mind, you should go out and find a defense attorney. It doesn’t have to be a civilian defense attorney.
Each branch in the military has three defense attorneys that can be appointed to your case or if you haven’t been charged, they can advise you on how to proceed, whether to speak or not speak, whether to consent to searches or not consent.
All those types of questions both military defense attorneys on active duty and civilian military defense attorneys can answer. And they can give you peace of mind and help protect your rights.
Many people say I’m going to wait, I’m going to roll the dice, I’m going to wait to see what happens. That waiting to see what happens is generally is not a good strategy, especially if you’re facing serious felony level charges or misdemeanor charges in the military.
If you wait to see what happens, then it’s often too late. Sometimes if you get a military lawyer involved in the case whether civilian or military from the beginning where they can advise you on what to do, then you end up getting a lot better outcome. Those who wait to the very tail-end of the case, and some people wait until a week before their court martial jury trial to go out and either hire an attorney or get actively involved putting up… putting together a defense.
By that point, it’s often too late, the damage is done. What you should do, if one of the following things apply to you or a loved one, you should go out and hire an attorney or get a military attorney.
Number one, you’ve been accused by someone of a crime, or you think you may be accused. Two, the agents have called you in their office and they’re reading your rights. If you’re at that point where agents are reading your rights, then they believe that you’re guilty of a crime. That’s how it works.
So, they’re not advising you of your rights because they’re trying to look out for your best interest because they’re your friends, they’re advising you of your rights because they think you’re guilty and they have to advise you of the rights, of your rights before they can get your confession.
And you know what? If you sit down with these skilled investigators in the military, there’s a good chance they’re going to get either a confession, meaning you admitting to something or just an admission of guilt where you admit to parts of an offense even if you don’t realize that you’re admitting to it.
And the last thing that should trigger you wanting to get a attorney on your case is you’ve actually been given a charge sheet, whether it’s an Article 15 or NJP charge sheet or an actual court martial charge sheet.
If you get one of those and it’s handed to you, then you need to run to the nearest defense office or get on the phone and get a defense team put together. You snooze, you lose, guys. You need to get someone on board quickly that’s competent and aggressive if you want to have the best chance of success in your case.