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Virginia Beach Military Defense Lawyers

Helping Clients at Naval Air Station Oceana Navigate U.S. Military Laws

Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is the East Coast's Master Jet Base and one of the most critical installations in the U.S. Navy's aviation community. Established in 1943, NAS Oceana serves as the primary home for the Navy's F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet strike fighter squadrons. The base's strategic importance lies in its role as a training and operational center for naval aviators, ensuring readiness and superiority in aerial combat and operations. The base hosts the Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic and several Carrier Air Wings, which deploy on aircraft carriers to provide maritime air superiority.

Legal Issues

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.

Reach out to us at (888) 490-0876 to arrange a complimentary case evaluation with a dedicated military lawyer near you at McCormack & McCormack.

How Our Military Defense Attorneys in Virginia Beach Can Assist You

At McCormack & McCormack, our Virginia Beach military attorneys are dedicated to defending the legal rights of the brave men and women serving our nation. We recognize the unique challenges faced by members of the U.S. Armed Forces and are committed to ensuring their rights are upheld during military criminal investigations, court-martials, and administrative separation proceedings.

Service members uphold the principles of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, yet their own rights can be jeopardized in military legal proceedings. This is especially true in cases involving military sex offenses, where recent changes increasingly favor the rights of alleged victims, often at the expense of the accused’s due process rights.

If you find yourself charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), it's imperative to seek representation from a seasoned civilian attorney known for their tenacity and experience. Our legal team has a proven track record defending clients across all branches of the military.

While military regulations entitle you to a military defense counsel upon formal charges, these attorneys often lack extensive criminal litigation expertise. Our firm offers comprehensive military legal services nationwide, providing the specialized knowledge required to navigate the intricate military legal landscape.

To initiate a robust defense strategy, reach out to us at (888) 490-0876 to arrange a complimentary case evaluation with one of our dedicated military lawyers at McCormack & McCormack.

Types of Military Offenses We Handle

Backed by our proficient administrative staff and military paralegals, we meticulously prepare for every case with the goal of securing optimal outcomes for our clients. Our practice covers a broad spectrum 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 schedule an initial consultation with a military criminal defense lawyer in Virginia Beach, dial (888) 490-0876 today or connect with us online.

The Benefits of Engaging a Virginia Beach Military Defense Lawyer

When confronted with criminal charges, it's crucial to collaborate with an attorney well-versed in both civilian and military criminal defense. Military criminal cases may be prosecuted in state, federal, or military courts (courts-martial), each with its jurisdictional nuances.

If your case stems from a military investigation conducted by entities like NCIS, OSI, CID, or CGIS, it's probable that it will be handled by a military court. Conversely, cases investigated by civilian law enforcement agencies may undergo prosecution in state or federal courts, albeit military prosecution remains a possibility.

Can One Face Multiple Prosecutions?

Given that military courts are considered federal courts, a service member cannot be subjected to a second prosecution by a civilian federal court. However, they may face subsequent prosecution by a state court if applicable. Conversely, a military member previously prosecuted by a state may encounter military prosecution under the UCMJ. While instances of dual jurisdiction are rare, military authorities may opt for such action subsequent to the resolution of a state case.

Why Choose Our Military Defense Law Firm in Virginia Beach?

Our firm stands out for its specialized expertise in defending military personnel, backed by attorneys who have not only practiced military law extensively but have also served in the armed forces themselves. This unique blend enables us to tackle legal challenges spanning both civilian and military domains with precision. Whether you're stationed locally in Virginia Beach, in Norfolk, or any military installation worldwide, McCormack & McCormack is your go-to legal team.

Meet Attorney Robert Canoy

Robert Canoy, our lead military defense attorney, brings over a decade of experience as a JAG officer in the U.S. Coast Guard to the table. Having served in roles as both prosecutor and defense counsel, he's adept at navigating the complexities of military law, defending countless service members across active duty and civilian contexts.

Meet Attorney Jarrett L. McCormack

Jarrett L. McCormack, another integral member of our team, honed his skills during an internship with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. He specializes in representing military members facing charges in civilian courts, drawing on his background and close collaboration with seasoned military defense attorneys to provide top-tier advocacy for service personnel.

The Vital Role of Our Support Staff

Behind every successful defense strategy lies a dedicated and knowledgeable support team. Unlike firms operating solely in virtual spaces, our firm boasts a full-time office staffed with experienced paralegals. This ensures that your case receives the undivided attention it deserves, bolstering our ability to provide effective representation for our clients.

What You Can Expect When Working with Our Virginia Beach Military Attorneys

We offer transparent evaluations of your case and develop a top-tier defense strategy. In contrast to those who might offer empty promises, our focus is on honesty and delivering robust legal representation.

Never Afraid to Go to Trial

Our team of military attorneys in Virginia Beach employs a customized strategic approach for every case we handle. Whether it's skillfully negotiating for dismissals, mitigating charges, or navigating through trial proceedings, our foremost dedication is to achieve optimal results for our clients. Renowned for our meticulous cross-examinations and assertive presence in the courtroom, we ensure unwavering advocacy on behalf of those we represent.

When Should I Contact a Military Defense Lawyer in Virginia Beach?

Securing legal representation as early as possible, ideally during the investigative stage, is vital to maximize your defense options. Early intervention frequently has the potential to prevent charges from being filed.

Penalties for a Court-Martial Conviction

A military conviction can result in:

  • Substantial confinement
  • Reduction in pay grade
  • Forfeiture of pay and allowances
  • Punitive discharge
  • Mandatory sex offender registration for sex offenses

Consequences of a Civilian Criminal Conviction on Your Military Career

A civilian criminal conviction can significantly affect your military career, potentially resulting in administrative separation and other disciplinary measures. Lawyers without military experience may not fully grasp these consequences, which is why it is crucial to work with a firm like ours that understands both civilian and military legal systems.

Choose Our Top-Ranked Virginia Beach Military Defense Attorneys

With decades of combined experience, McCormack & McCormack is dedicated to your defense. We understand the serious career implications of criminal charges and work diligently to secure reductions or dismissals. Our team offers defense services globally, frequently traveling to represent clients throughout the United States and internationally.

For a confidential case evaluation with Virginia Beach's top military defense attorneys, contact us online or call (888) 490-0876.

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.