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Fairfax Military Defense Lawyers

Advocates for Service Members at Fort Belvoir - Fairfax, Virginia

Fort Belvoir, located in Fairfax County, Virginia, is a pivotal installation in the U.S. military infrastructure. Known for its diverse missions and tenant organizations, Fort Belvoir hosts a wide array of critical operations, ranging from intelligence and engineering to logistics and medical research. Key units based here include the Defense Logistics Agency, the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, among others. This installation plays an essential role in supporting the Department of Defense and various federal agencies, making it a cornerstone of military innovation and operational excellence.

Service members stationed at Fort Belvoir may face unique legal challenges that require specialized criminal defense expertise. Navigating the complexities of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is essential for those accused of offenses ranging from drug-related charges and sexual misconduct to assault and fraud. These charges can significantly impact a service member's career, reputation, and personal life, making effective legal representation crucial.

At Fort Belvoir, legal proceedings can involve both military and civilian jurisdictions, especially in cases investigated by military entities such as NCIS, OSI, CID, or CGIS, and prosecuted in military courts. Understanding the intricacies of court-martials, administrative separation boards, and the dual jurisdictional nature of military and civilian law is vital for a robust defense.

A strong criminal defense ensures that the rights of service members are protected throughout the legal process. This includes advocating for fair treatment, thorough investigation of charges, and comprehensive defense strategies to mitigate potential consequences such as confinement, reduction in rank, forfeiture of pay, punitive discharge, and mandatory registration as a sex offender for certain offenses.

How Our Fairfax Military Defense Attorneys Can Assist You

Our Fairfax military lawyers at McCormack & McCormack are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of the brave individuals serving our nation. We understand the unique challenges faced by members of the U.S. Armed Forces and are committed to ensuring their rights are upheld throughout military criminal investigations, court-martials, and administrative separation proceedings.

While service members uphold the principles of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, their own rights can be at risk in military legal proceedings. This is particularly evident in cases involving military sex offenses, where recent shifts have increasingly favored the rights of alleged victims, sometimes to the detriment of the accused's due process rights.

If you're facing charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), securing representation from a seasoned civilian attorney is essential. Our legal team has a proven track record defending clients across all branches of the military.

Although entitled to a military defense counsel upon formal charges, these attorneys often lack significant criminal litigation experience. Our firm offers comprehensive military legal services nationwide, equipped with the expertise needed to navigate the intricate military legal landscape.

To embark on a robust military defense strategy, dial (888) 490-0876 for a complimentary case evaluation with a military lawyer from McCormack & McCormack.

Types of Military Offenses We Handle

Supported by our adept administrative staff and military paralegals, we meticulously prepare for each case with the aim of securing optimal outcomes for our clients. Our practice encompasses a broad array of military offenses, including:

  • Sex Offenses
  • Instances of Sexual Harassment and Fraternization
  • Cases involving Child Solicitation and Child Pornography
  • Charges of Murder/Manslaughter
  • Domestic Assault and Battery
  • Allegations of BAH and Travel Claim Fraud
  • Drug Offenses, including Positive Urinalysis
  • Enlisted Administrative Separation
  • Conduct Unbecoming an Officer
  • Officer Show Cause Board of Inquiry

To request an initial consultation with a military criminal defense lawyer in Fairfax, reach out to us at (888) 490-0876 today or connect with us online.

Why Engage a Military Criminal Defense Lawyer?

When confronted with criminal charges, partnering with an attorney well-versed in both civilian and military criminal defense is crucial. Military criminal charges may be prosecuted in state, federal, or military courts (courts-martial), each with its jurisdictional complexities.

Cases stemming from military investigations conducted by entities like NCIS, OSI, CID, or CGIS are likely to be handled by a military court. Conversely, cases investigated by civilian law enforcement may undergo prosecution in state or federal courts, albeit military prosecution remains a possibility.

Can Someone Face Multiple Prosecutions?

Military courts are regarded as federal courts. Hence, while a service member cannot be subjected to a second prosecution by a civilian federal court, they may face subsequent prosecution by a state court. Conversely, a military member previously prosecuted by the state may face military prosecution under the UCMJ. Though dual jurisdiction cases are uncommon, military authorities may opt for such action following the resolution of a state case.

Why Choose Our Fairfax Military Defense Law Firm?

Our attorneys bring extensive experience in defending military personnel, having served in the military themselves. This unique background equips us to adeptly tackle both civilian and military legal challenges. Whether you're stationed in Fairfax or any other military base worldwide, McCormack & McCormack should be your first choice.

Attorney Robert Canoy

Robert Canoy, our lead military defense attorney, served as a JAG in the U.S. Coast Guard for over a decade. With substantial experience as both a prosecutor and defense counsel, he has effectively represented numerous military members across active duty and civilian contexts.

Attorney Jarrett L. McCormack

Jarrett L. McCormack, another key member of our team, gained valuable experience as an intern with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. He routinely defends military members facing charges in civilian courts, leveraging his background and collaboration with seasoned military defense attorneys to advocate effectively for service members.

The Significance of a Skilled Support Staff

Effective military defense hinges on a dedicated and knowledgeable support team. Unlike firms operating solely in virtual spaces, our firm boasts a full-time office staffed with experienced paralegals, ensuring your case receives the meticulous attention it deserves.

What to Expect When Working with Our Fairfax Military Attorneys

We offer forthright assessments of your case and craft the best possible defense strategy. Unlike some attorneys who may offer empty promises, we prioritize transparency and deliver effective representation.

Never Afraid to Go to Trial

Our attorneys adopt a strategic approach tailored to each case, whether negotiating a dismissal, reducing charges, or proceeding to trial, all aimed at securing the best outcomes for our clients. Renowned for our rigorous cross-examinations and assertive courtroom demeanor, we ensure unwavering advocacy on behalf of those we represent.

When to Reach Out to a Military Defense Lawyer in Fairfax?

It's imperative to secure legal representation as early as possible, ideally during the investigative stage, to maximize defense options. Early intervention often proves instrumental in preventing charges from being filed.

Penalties for a Court-Martial Conviction

A military conviction can entail substantial confinement, reduction in pay grade, forfeiture of pay and allowances, punitive discharge, and mandatory sex offender registration for sex offenses.

The Impact of a Civilian Criminal Conviction on Your Military Career

A civilian criminal conviction can profoundly impact your military career, potentially leading to administrative separation and other disciplinary actions. Civilian attorneys lacking military experience may not fully grasp these implications, underscoring the importance of working with a firm like ours that comprehends both civilian and military legal systems.

Choose Our Top-Ranked Fairfax Military Defense Attorneys

With decades of combined experience, McCormack & McCormack stands ready to defend you. We recognize the career ramifications of criminal charges and tirelessly strive for reductions or dismissals. Our team provides defense services worldwide, frequently traveling to represent clients across the United States and beyond.

Contact us online or call (888) 490-0876 for a confidential case evaluation with Fairfax's premier military defense attorneys.

Cases We Handle in Virginia

Put Our Experience on Your Side

Arrested? Get Your Free Consultation Now

Our Virginia Beach criminal defense lawyers represent men and women throughout the Eastern Shore, including Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, Williamsburg, and the surrounding areas. Whether this is your first offense or you have a record, our team is ready to provide you with dedicated representation. Give us a call to arrange a time to speak with our team and learn more about the best strategies for moving forward. We handle everything from traffic offenses, probation violations, and property crimes to sex crimes, violent crimes, weapons offenses, and more.

Zealous Support for Accused Service Members 

We are also the nation's go-to law firm for military criminal defense. Military cases require extensive knowledge and experience and should only be entrusted to the most qualified legal experts. Our firm has handled thousands of cases throughout our history, and we can give you a clear picture of what you face and how to prepare for the proceedings ahead.

Also Handling Personal Injury Claims­

In addition to our core criminal defense practice, we also help injury victims and families file personal injury claims. If you have been hurt in a preventable accident caused by someone else’s negligence, or if you have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one, give us a call to discuss your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

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Call (888) 490-0876 or use our quick contact form to send us your questions today.

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Why Hire McCormack & McCormack?

Providing Nothing Less than Exceptional Client Service

Along with a strong focus on successful results, the entire team at McCormack & McCormack is committed to providing our clients with the exceptional legal service that they deserve. When we agree to represent your case, we will take the time to build a trusting attorney-client relationship. In doing so, we believe that we will be better prepared to address the unique circumstances of your case and provide you with the personalized guidance that you will need during this difficult time. To fulfill this promise to our clients, we have employed an extensive support staff of highly experienced paralegals. By ensuring that each and every case receives the attention that it needs, we have found that our clients feel comfortable in the hands of our dedicated team.