One false move in Virginia may be all you need. You could be Air Force, Army, Navy, or Marines as it doesn’t matter with court-martial when determining who gets charged and who doesn’t. In most situations, senior leadership in the military is most concerned about proving to commanding officers that the ranks are being monitored & action is being taken against crime and corruption.
At Williams Stone, PC, we defend service members. We consistently work with service members who are in dire situations, utilize our resources and then help them beat the charges against them in court. From our offices in Stafford & Fredericksburg, VA, we’ve successfully defended service members in court-martial from dozens of unique charges. Some of the most common charges include:
- Sex Crimes
- Violent Crimes
- Larceny & Financial Fraud
- Drug Crimes
- Sexual Assault
- Non-Judicial Punishment
- Desertions & AWOL
- Administrative Separation
Courts-martial lay it all on the line: your career, your freedom, your life. We can defend you, we can mount an appeal. As a JAG officer, Eric Stone participated in hundreds of trials as a defense attorney and a trial judge. His experience on both sides of the judicial bench helps him anticipate opposing strategies. He knows how the system works and is focused on protecting the rights of U.S. servicemen and women facing courts-martial offenses and other disciplinary actions that can ruin their futures.
If you are a member of the United States Armed Forces and are under investigation for committing a crime, you face the possibility of one of three types of courts-martial actions, depending upon the severity of the offense and circumstances of the charges.
Summary court-martial: The least serious, convened to handle minor charges and does not generally require legal representation at the hearing; however, an experienced attorney in military matters can advise you in preparation.
Special court-martial: Convened for more serious charges and is generally the equivalent of a misdemeanor in the civilian criminal justice system.
General court-martial: Convened for the most serious charges and is generally the equivalent of a felony in civilian jurisdictions. Sentences can be severe. General courts-martial require a pretrial investigation known as an Article 32 pretrial investigation, for which the accused has a right to attend and be represented by counsel. Seeking experienced counsel immediately is the best advice.
What Rights Do You Have?
The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) confers rights to uniformed service members, including:
- The right to be present and the right to counsel during any Article 32 pretrial investigation
- The right to a speedy trial
- The right to testify or remain silent
- The right to confront witnesses
- The right to produce witnesses at government expense
- The right to a jury trial and, if you are enlisted, to have enlisted members on the jury
- The right to plead guilty or not guilty
The Real Cost of a Court Martial
Facing a court-martial means you are facing a potential loss of reputation, pay, your freedom, and lifetime service benefits. You need a military defense attorney with experience both in the military and the military justice system. Williams Stone, PC has a statewide reputation in Virginia among U.S. servicemen and women for providing an aggressive, effective legal reputation that is focused on one thing: saving your future.
Get the Right Attorney on Your Side
If you are under investigation for a criminal offense allegation, normally you will not be provided a military attorney until you have been actually charged with an offense. But you can, and should hire an experienced lawyer to start defending yourself as soon as you have been notified that a criminal investigation or command investigation is underway.
Our attorneys can get involved in representing a service member at any point of the process, including the very beginning of the investigation. As soon as you think you will be the subject of an investigation, get a lawyer right away. Even if you have already made a statement implicating yourself in guilt or involvement, it is not too late. Call our office.
Schedule A Consultation With Williams Stone, PC
We have office locations in Northern Virginia. Our law firm represents members of the U.S. Armed Forces and military contractors involved in military justice cases and investigations at installations throughout the United States. The right Virginia court-martial defense attorney can save your career. Contact our office for a consultation and learn how we can help protect your rights.
If you’re in trouble with the military, don’t leave your future to chance. Contact Williams Stone, PC today.