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Being a member of the U.S. Armed Forces is an honor and a privilege. Those who join are doing so out of duty to their country and to make use of the many benefits that accompany their service. However, it is important to remember that it military law can be complex and those who are accused of violating it can face various penalties. If there is a conviction in a military court, the service member might have a court martial and a dishonorable discharge. When there are allegations of wrongdoing, legal assistance from a law firm that specializes in military matters is a must.

A member of the U.S. Navy has been charged with attempting to destroy his urine samples by setting a fire. He is accused of trying to avoid having the test results utilized in a separate case. The man is said to have attempted to set the fire and destroy the samples in May 2017. The incident happened in Virginia. Specifically, he is said to have set fire to the building while others were inside and did so sans the authority to set the fire. He faces multiple charges. Among his allegations are lying to investigators as to when he left the base and started the fire. He has been in the Navy since 2010. The fire was said to have been started because he faced an adverse administrative proceeding because of the urine test results.

Any level of misconduct while serving in the military can be problematic. When the charges are serious such as assertions of arson, it can negatively impact a person’s life long after they have been charged and convicted. Facing a dishonorable discharge will show up on the person’s background checks when they are seeking other employment after their service has ended. This is on top of the penalties that the military will dispense as part of the case. To defend against the charges, it is imperative for the service member to have the help of a law firm that has experience and a history of defending those dealing with military law violations.

In a somewhat unique case, a Logistics Specialist in the Navy who has been in the service for nearly a decade was accused of setting a fire to destroy his urine sample. He faces multi-level charges for this alleged act. As the case moves forward, he must remember the importance of a strong legal defense. A law firm that helps those accused of violating military law is essential.