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Court-Martial Defense Lawyer Serving
Military members nationwide

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If you are a member of the armed forces in this nation, you have an obligation not only to serve your country but to remain in compliance with the rules and regulations under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UMCJ). The UMCJ contains offenses that are not part of the civilian body of law, such as fraternization and insubordination. You can be tried in a military court should you engage in actions that violate these laws. You are also obligated to obey civilian laws as passed by the local, state, and federal governments. Should you commit a criminal offense under these laws, you can also find yourself facing a civilian or a military court.

Types of Military Cases

We Handle

  • Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR)
  • Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records (AFBCMR)
  • Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR)
  • Coast Guard Board for Correction of Military Records (CGBCMR)
  • Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Board for Correction of Military Records (PHSCCBCMR)
  • Discharge Review Boards (all branches)
  • UCMJ Article 15 (non-judicial punishment) appeals
  • Involuntary separation appeals
  • Security clearances
  • Reserve Officers’ Training Course (ROTC) disenrollment
  • Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP) disenrollment

If you are a servicemember located in Anoka, the Minneapolis area, or anywhere in the world and are facing criminal charges, it is vital that you have a defense attorney who understands all of the consequences you face upon a conviction. This includes the impact a conviction can have on your military status, career, and benefits. At Midwest Defense, you can work with a military veteran, a prior Marine, who is a criminal defense lawyer. Our courts-martial defense attorney understands these matters and the punishments that can follow and can provide dedicated, strategic, and competent legal representation in your time of need.

Types of Military Cases

We Handle

  • U.S. Naval Academy disenrollment (Navy/Marine Corps)
  • U.S. Military Academy disenrollment
  • Federal court review of BCMR, DRB and other military decisions in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and U.S. District Courts
  • U.S. Air Force Academy disenrollment
  • UCMJ Article 15 (non-judicial punishment) appeals
  • Involuntary separation appeals
  • Adverse fitness reports, evaluation reports, performance appraisal appeals
  • UCMJ Article 138 complaints
  • General Officer Memoranda of Reprimand (GOMOR) appeals

Phone us at (651) 808-0335 to arrange to speak with our attorney in a free and confidential consultation. Or contact us online.

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What Sets Us Apart
  • Accessible & Responsive Service
  • Experienced Trial Representation
  • Prior Marine Dedicated to Serving & Defending
  • Personal, Creative Solutions for Each Case
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Types of Court Martial

The UMCJ has established three different categories of courts martial that are used based on the seriousness of the offense. Officially, the UGMJ does not differentiate between misdemeanors and felonies. The UMCJ involves many offenses, some purely military, such as absence without leave, for example. Other offenses go beyond being purely military.

The courts martial that are used to try military offenses include:

  • Summary Court Martial, used for minor offenses. It involves one commissioned officer who acts as judge and jury. In this proceeding, you have the right to call and cross-examine witnesses, provide evidence, and testify. It is generally a quick procedure where the facts are reviewed and a ruling made. A summary court martial can lead to penalties of up to a month of confinement, forfeiture of pay, hard labor, or reduction in rank. You are not given a free military attorney but can retain your own who can represent you during the process.
  • Special Court Martial, used for more serious offenses. It can be made up of a three-member panel and a military judge or you can request to be tried by the judge alone. Generally, it resembles a civilian trial involving the same procedures such as discovery, pretrial motions, the actual trial, followed by a ruling. You will have the right to a free military defense attorney or can retain your own civilian defense attorney. Punishments can range from a bad conduct discharge to up a year of confinement, forfeiture of pay, pay grade reductions, and more.
  • General Court Martial, which is used for the most serious crimes. It operates with a panel of at least five members and a military judge or you can request to be tried by the judge alone. It is commonly seen as a “felony” court because of the serious nature of the charges. You have the right to be assigned a free military defense lawyer or you can retain a civilian lawyer. This proceeding can call for maximum sentences, including dishonorable discharge, life imprisonment, or even death.

Get Competent Legal Representation from Midwest Defense

Our firm understands and appreciates the sacrifices our servicemembers make to protect our country and way of life. We believe in providing outstanding care to you when facing any type of military or criminal charge. If you or someone you know is in such a situation, you can rely on dedicated, disciplined, and tenacious legal representation from our Anoka courts martial defense attorney.

Phone us at (651) 808-0335 or contact us online to get your questions answered, your case reviewed, and your options explored.

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