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.