No one enlists in the United States military with the intention of eventually becoming an unauthorized absentee or deserter. In all likelihood, you had the goal of serving your country in the world's finest all-volunteer armed forces, and of enjoying a successful career both during your time in the military and upon the receipt of an honorable discharge.
If, however, you now find yourself in the difficult position of being accused of going absent without leave (AWOL) or of deserting, we can help you seek to put your military problems behind you so that you can get on with your life. Our goal is to help you avoid having the fact that you enlisted end up ruining the rest of your life. A military criminal defense attorney from McCormack & McCormack is ready to aggressively represent you to minimize the long-term consequences of being classified as a deserter.
Over the course of the last quarter of a century, we have assisted countless military personnel in all branches of the U.S. military who were classified as deserters or being absent without authority and who wanted to get out of the military. These are difficult cases since the military's argument is that it must maintain good order and discipline within the ranks and cannot afford to let the soldiers and sailors decide when they want to go home. Remember, if you have been away from your command for more than 30 days, there is likely a federal warrant outstanding for your arrest, and even a traffic stop can put you in jail until you are transferred back to the military, after which you could be confined for months.
In many of these cases, we have been able to secure an administrative discharge from the service, without any criminal conviction or record, for extended periods of desertion, even up to several years. In most cases, it will be necessary for the service member to return to the military to get things resolved and it may take several months for this to occur. If our legal services are retained while you are in an absentee or deserter status, we will assist in coordinating your return to the military.
Once you are back with your command or the deserter processing facility, we will negotiate your case and closely monitor the situation. We will endeavor to bring the matter to a prompt conclusion and hopefully without a federal conviction, confinement or punitive discharge on your record. If the command is intent on taking you to a court-martial, we are prepared to litigate your case to minimize the long-term consequences and to get you back to your family as quickly as possible.
Take your first step now by contacting our office for a free case evaluation!