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Research examines demographic statistics of military law trials

Being a member of the U.S. armed forces is a difficult but worthwhile endeavor. For Virginians who take this step, it can be quite rewarding in many ways. However, when there are allegations of wrongdoing, it is deemed a violation of military law and there is an arrest, it is important to understand various aspects of how a military trial is conducted and to have a strong defense with an attorney experienced in these cases. Since a court martial can result in a dishonorable discharge and innumerable problems, knowing statistical realities with this process can be important to a case.

Newly accrued data about military law says that males have a much higher chance of facing court martial than females. Also, Hispanics and blacks regardless of gender are more frequently brought to trial than white service members. When the trial is conducted, demographics were found to be irrelevant in terms of convictions and acquittals. The information comes from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The goal was to assess how racial disparities impact the military justice system.

The statistics show that males have as high as six times a chance of being brought to trial. Black members of the service were two times as likely to have their charges brought to trial when compared to whites. Hispanics 1.5 times as likely. In fairness, ethnicity in the military can be difficult to quantify as there are up to 32 alternatives to denote race and up to 25 for ethnicity. Statistics from 2013 to 2017 were used to come to the conclusions. There were 258,000 instances in which service members were disciplined across all branches. Men were brought for court martial between two and six times as frequently as females. Fortunately, the outcomes were not found to be influenced by race or gender.

This information is important as charges for military law violations can vary and the way in which they are defended often hinges on how the case is handled. If there is a perception that the case is unfair, that can be used as part of the defense. Regardless of the circumstances of the military arrest and potential court martial, everyone who is confronted with charges no matter their gender or race must have a viable legal defense. A law firm with experience in helping those facing charges based on military law should be contacted for advice as soon as possible.

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