Defending You Against Courts-Martial and Article 15’s
Serving your country in any branch of the armed forces is an incredible honor. Simply having been a member of the armed forces results in gratitude from the government and the entire nation.
Unfortunately, when a service member is accused of misconduct, that member may facing incarceration, other disciplinary action, administrative separation or other punitive or career-ending results.
At PGD Law PLLC, we understand the high standard soldiers and service members are held to because many of our attorneys and staff have served. We know military law and what happens when rules are broken, which is why we fight to defend members of the armed services who are facing unwarranted disciplinary actions for misconduct during service.
Courts-Martial in the United States
There are three types of courts-martial outlined in the UCMJ: summary, special and general. Here is a breakdown of what each offense consists of:
- Summary court-marital — This type of courts-martial offers a simplified way of resolving minor incidences of misconduct by an enlisted personnel. A commissioned officer may only try enlisted personnel for summary court-martial and only for noncapital offenses.
- Special court-martial — All officers may be subject to a special court-martial for misconduct and offenses. This type of courts-martial consists of no less than three officers who act as panel court members (similar to a jury), a military judge and counsel for defense and prosecution.
- General court-martial — This type of courts-martial is typically considered to be the most serious because it is characterized as a felony court. All service members subject to provisions of the UCMJ may be tried for a general court-martial, which consists of five court members as well as a military judge and counsel for each side.
Punishments Under Article 15
Not all misconduct in the military is handled through a courts-martial. When an infraction is relatively minor but still requires disciplinary action, a commanding officer may impose punishment on a subordinate under Article 15 of the UCMJ. Although these are non-judicial proceedings, a service member does still have the right to counsel.
It’s important to note: The level of proof needed to prove innocence during a courts-martial is the same for defendants in an Article 15 hearing. You need to defend yourself properly. This may be achieved by retaining legal counsel.
Protect Your Future Military Career with Our Help
Whether you’re looking to refute the allegations made against you in a courts-martial or under Article 15, or if you have not even begun to defend yourself yet, the lawyers at PGD Law PLLC, and ready and able to help. Our military backgrounds and experience in the courtroom make us uniquely effective counsel in these situations.
To retain our services, call 703-291-0492 or 301-825-9629 or send us an email. Appointments are available at any of our four offices: Vienna, Virginia; Greenbelt, Maryland; the Eastern Shore; and Washington, D.C.