When a military member faces intermediate charges, they will likely appear in a Special Court-Martial. Because this type of court-martial resembles a civilian misdemeanor trial, many defendants assume it will require the same level of defense; however, the truth is that 90% of military charges end in conviction. Without a strong defense, your case could easily end unfavorably.
Fortunately, you do not have to fight your charges alone. At McCormack & McCormack, we proudly represent members of the military against a host of criminal charges. Our experience, grounded in 45 years of court-martial experience with hundreds of court-martial jury trials enables us to take an insightful approach to every case. Retain our team today for the trustworthy counsel you deserve.
A court-martial opens with an investigation. The information gathered at this time determines your charges and, ultimately, which court-martial will handle your case. Unless you request to come solely before a judge during the Special Court-Martial, your case will involve military judge, a prosecuting attorney (trial counsel), and a jury of at least three officers (or if you are enlisted, you can request that one-third of your jury be enlisted members). Evidence will be presented, attorneys will present their arguments for both sides, and the jury will come to a verdict. If there is a conviction, the jury will be required to decide on a sentence.
At its worst, a Special Court-Martial sentence can include:
Although Special Courts-Martial never involve confinement for more than twelve months, they should not be taken lightly. Conviction can lead to a criminal record and a BCD, both of which will remain on record for the rest of your life. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you stand your ground against the harshest allegations.
To ensure that you are prepared for your court-martial, get in touch with McCormack & McCormack as soon as possible. Attorney Greg D. McCormack has experience as both a former military prosecutor and as a military defender, giving him an insider’s understanding of what you are likely to face during a Special Court-Martial. Let our legal team help you fight for a positive outcome to your case.
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