Military Law
The U.S. armed forces have a separate body of law that governs members of the military. If you're in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard and have been charged with a military crime, not just any criminal defense lawyer will do. You should hire an experienced military law attorney to represent and defend you.
Legal Articles
Military Law
Get Started Finding a Local Attorney Now

Simply fill out this form to connect with an Attorney serving your area.

Military Law

If you are currently actively serving your country in the United States military and run afoul of the law, hiring a generic, random attorney probably isn't going to get you anywhere. Members of the U.S. military - and the military itself - are controlled by the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or UCMJ. For that reason - and due to the fact that the laws, punishments and penalties within the military can be different than those in the civilian world – you may want to retain a lawyer who specializes in military law if you truly want your rights to be protected.

Don't Take Chances With The Military

Whether you've committed a crime, have been wrongfully accused of one or have simply broken one of the rules of conduct, as an active-duty member of the military you may be held to a different standard than a civilian would be. Familiarizing yourself with a few of the basics regarding the Uniform Code of Military Justice and other points is smart.

In addition to hiring a military law attorney, you should keep these points in mind:

  • The military does not have a court system like the civilian world does. Rather than being called to trial, those who are accused of crimes are subject to court-martial. Commanders within the military are typically the ones who initiate court-martials.
  • Fighting a dishonorable discharge should be considered, since such an occurrence can be very detrimental to your future.
  • You do not always need to be on a U.S. military base to be within the jurisdiction of military law. Simply being an active member of the military may subject you to such laws.
  • If an investigation is launched against you - even if you're a guard in the reserve - you should consider retaining a lawyer to ensure that your punishment isn't unjust.
NOLO-web4:DRU1.6.8.23.20160804.41205