A conviction for a violent crime in the military is no small thing. In fact, the stakes could not be much higher because the consequences are so horrific.
- Imprisonment, perhaps for decades or more depending on the offense, is a real possibility.
- All military benefits are in danger, including your G.I. Bill.
- A felony-level criminal conviction will follow you for life, affecting your constitutional right to own or possess a firearm, vote, and making civilian employment extremely difficult. Even fast food chains can inquire about your criminal record.
If you are serious about getting the best possible outcome in your case, call our office today and speak to our experienced court-martial attorneys who know how to defend against UCMJ violent crimes charges.
Self Defense May Apply to Your Case, Even if it’s Not Obvious
Typical violent crime offenses charged by the government fall under Articles 118, 119, 122, and 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
For most of the offenses covered under these articles, including murder, manslaughter, and assault, self-defense can be a perfect defense and may apply to your case without you knowing it. Self-defense has proven to be one of the most successful defenses to use, but also potentially the riskiest to use because the defense is essentially admitting that you committed the act or acts that amount to the crime.
For example, did you know that a person can legally display a deadly weapon to deter violence from being used against you? Did you know that even if you were the initial aggressor in a fight you can become entitled to defend yourself under certain circumstances?
You owe it to yourself to find out whether self-defense could be a winning strategy in your case. Call today to speak to a defense attorney experienced in the matter.