Do I Need a Civilian Attorney
WHAT CAN A CIVILIAN ATTORNEY DO FOR ME?
- The most important thing that an experienced civilian military lawyer can do is fight aggressively and effectively for you both in pretrial negotiations and at trial. Civilian counsel have no ties to the command, which gives them an independence that can benefit the service member.
- Being accused of a crime is terrifying, and the military justice system can be confusing to those who are unfamiliar with it. Frequently, military members feel isolated from their command and fellow service members. While an investigation is being conducted against the service member, a ”flag” is initiated which prevents the service member from receiving any positive action, i.e. promotion, transfer, etc. Additionally, many times, units will place service members who are under investigation on a hold status and put them on administrative duty, which can further isolate them and create the perception to those around them that they are already found guilty.
- Mr. George and Ms. McCarthy are well versed in the military justice system, and understand how confused and isolated a client can feel when facing either an investigation, a court martial, or even an Article 15. It is important to know that someone is on your side and not making judgments. What is needed most is someone who is fighting for you.
- Once retained, Mr. George and Ms. McCarthy immediately begin communicating with the command and authorities, which is key. Making sure the command knows that the client is represented precludes them from questioning our client and obtaining any evidence which may be used at a later time.
- We take the time to walk you through the process, and educate you about what exactly is happening, what the evidence is, and how it may play out in your case so that you can make a fully informed decision.
- Regardless of whether or not there has been a decision by the command on how to handle your case we begin working on your defense immediately. We strive to ensure that your rights are protected, and that you are treated fairly.Additionally, we perform our own investigation. All too frequently, a decision is madeabout the individual’s guilt or innocence based on the initial accusation. Many times, these accusations are wrong, because they are based on false, misleading or incomplete information. Many times, evidence is either overlooked or ignored by the authorities. Through our investigation, we run down these loose ends so you have a complete picture of your case.