Court Martial Lawyers

Summary Courts-Martial are used to handle minor offenses committed by enlisted personnel only. They are handled by a commissioned officer who does not have to be a lawyer. Special Courts-Martial are for all service personnel and are used for what would be considered misdemeanors in the civilian world. They can be overseen by a military judge alone, a panel of not less than three people referred to as “members,” or both. General Courts-Martial are also for all service personnel and are generally convened for what would be considered felonies in the civilian world. They can be overseen by a military judge alone, a panel of not less than five members, or both.

 A general court-martial allows the most severe punishments permitted by the UCMJ.  At a general court-martial, a service member can receive a sentence of death, confinement up to the maximum allowed by the offense, total forfeitures of pay, and all other punishments permitted under the UCMJ.  For enlisted service members, you can be reduced to the pay grade E-1 and dishonorably discharged from the service.  For officers, cadets, and midshipmen, you can be dismissed from the service, which is the officer equivalent of a dishonorable discharge.  A general court-martial is typically reserved for the most serious offenses under the UCMJ. 

Our court martial attorney are devoted to ensuring that your side of the story is heard. We are not afraid to pursue an aggressive defense for your case and ensure that you receive a favorable outcome for your court martial proceedings. We are committed to providing outstanding representation to those who serve our country.

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  1. David Court (“Mr. Court”) is a truly renowned military justice expert who regularly consults with our associated counsel. While he is no longer practicing law, Mr. Court remains steadfastly interested in military justice issues, and often draws upon his vast wealth of experience, accumulated by over four decades of courts-martial litigation, to directly empower our novel defense strategies.

    Stephen “exclusively” defends active-duty members facing courts-martial, separation boards and other UCMJ related disciplinary and/or adverse actions since 2008. In 2020, “Lawyers of Distinction” “Elite Lawyers” and “Premier Lawyers of America” recognized Stephen among the very best court-martial defense lawyers in the country. 

    The Law Offices of Court & Carpenter PC are located in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Tacoma and Seattle, Washington.

    Over the past decade its civilian military defense lawyers have represented active duty members throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East.

    In the past 24 months the firm has defended against military prosecutions convened at Fort Lewis and JBLM Washington, Alameda, California, Pensacola, Florida, Bremerton, Washington, Okinawa, Japan, Fort Sam Houston and Fort Hood, Texas, Stuttgart and Kaiserslautern, Germany.

    SUITE 2100
    SEATTLE, WA 98101
    TEL: (206) 357-8434

    SUITE 214
    TACOMA, WA 98402
    TEL: (833) 446-UCMJ (x8265)

    67661 GERMANY
    (0176) 2005 2265
    011 (49) 176 2005 2265

    Washington, DC
    601 13TH STREET, NW
    WASHINGTON, DC 20005
    TEL: (202) 695-8499

  2. Our firm is dedicated to providing world class representation to service members and veterans worldwide. Whether our clients are in the United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Korea, Japan, Germany or other international locations, our exceptional military defense attorneys are trial tested and provide world class representation.

    The court martial attorneys at Aviso Law LLC are experienced in representing military men and women before the Courts of Criminal Appeals. Each branch of the military has a designated Court of Criminal Appeals. This includes the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. If you are a military member and were subject to court martial or pleaded guilty to criminal charges, you may be eligible to appeal your case in one of these courts. Our Colorado attorneys can represent you before these courts and strive for a favorable outcome in every case.

    Colorado Springs
    618 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

    2590 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205

  3. What makes the Law Office of Will M. Helixon your best choice for a military lawyer or court-martial defense lawyer? First, we have decades of experience as military lawyers and court-martial defense lawyers. We are veterans, former members of the active duty Army JAG Corps, and dedicated to defending you — the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen of the United States. We know your sacrifices, we know your family’s sacrifice, and we know your dedication to our Nation. We have life experiences involving hardships, and know the difficulty in overcoming those experiences. We are committed to defending you — no case too big, no matter too small — it is our MISSION to provide you timely, accurate, and unbiased legal advice. We are ready to defend you in the United States, the Far East, and Europe, with an office in Germany. When we walk into the courtroom and announce, “the defense is ready,” we serve notice to the Government that there is nothing more important than aggressively defending your rights with our outstanding advocates. We will work tirelessly to defend you — it is our Passion.

    Court-Martial Practice Areas
    Stranger Rape Allegations
    Alcohol & Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Defense
    Date & Acquaintance Rape Allegations
    Wrongful Sexual Contact Allegations
    Drill Sergeant Misconduct Cases
    Drill Sergeant Sexual Assault Cases
    Child Victim Cases
    Murder & Manslaughter Cases
    Aggravated Assault Defense
    Maltreatment Cases
    Inappropriate Relationship Cases
    BAH/DTS Fraud Cases
    Larceny Cases
    Desertion/AWOL Cases
    Drug Offenses
    Alcohol-Related Offenses
    Military Specific Offenses

    6136 Frisco Square Blvd., Suite 400, Frisco, TX 75034
    512.333.1967 (TX)
    844.HELIXON (435-4966)

  4. Attorney Richard V. Stevens has extensive experience in the most complex, serious military trials, and all types of adverse military administrative actions, discipline and investigations. He has served as an active duty base military defense counsel, active duty regional military defense counsel, civilian state and federal trial attorney and civilian criminal defense and military defense attorney.

    Attorney Frank J. Spinner retired from active duty military service in the early 1990s, attorney Frank J. Spinner has defended some of the most highly publicized cases in recent military justice history. These cases have included: Capt James Wang, SSG Delmar Simpson, Lt Kelly Flinn, MG David Hale, Capt Richard Ashby, Cadet Douglas Meester, SPC Sabrina Harmon, CWO Lewis Welshofer, SFC Trey Corrales, SrA Andrew Witt, MSG Tim Hennis, and SPC Jeremy Morlock.

    Attorney Michael J. Coco has associated with the Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C. in an “of counsel” capacity. Mr. Coco recently retired from the Air Force, after spending sixteen of his twenty-plus years of active duty service as an Air Force JAG. While in the Air Force JAG Corps, Mr. Coco served as a military trial judge, a military defense counsel at both the base and regional levels, and as a prosecutor at the regional level. Mr. Coco and Mr. Stevens have nearly four decades of combined military law experience to draw on in defending their clients.

    In the military justice system there are three types of court-martial – General Court-Martial, Special Court-Martial, and Summary Court-Martial. Only General Courts-Martial and Special Courts-Martial are actual federal criminal trials; Summary Courts-Martial are, essentially, enhanced administrative hearings that do not result in a federal criminal conviction because they do not afford a military accused the same due process rights as required for an actual federal criminal trial. Therefore, the remainder of this page will only address General Courts-Martial and Special Courts-Martial.

    Toll Free: 888-399-0693
    Attorney Richard V. Stevens is located in the Washington D.C. area and attorney Frank J. Spinner is located in Colorado Springs, CO. This provides close access to a large number of major military bases. However, when necessary we travel to meet with our clients wherever they are stationed or serving around the world.

  5. Michael Waddington is a criminal defense lawyer and best-selling author who defends cases in military courts worldwide. He also defends military personnel who are under investigation and have not yet been charged. He specializes in defending serious criminal cases including sex crimes, war crimes, violent crimes, and white-collar crimes.

    Alexandra is a founding partner of the González & Waddington Law Firm, and a Georgia registered mediator. She has represented and defended hundreds of defendants charged with sexual assault and has worked on some of the most notorious war crime cases stemming from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
    Many of Alexandra’s cases have been reported on by hundreds of major media sources worldwide, to include 60 Minutes, ABC’s Nightline, The Rolling Stone, the BBC, Fox News, German Public Television, CNN, CBS, and various other international media outlets.

    Sandra Flores is the Administrative Assistant/Paralegal for the law firm and handles client contacts, billing, and conducts legal research. She was born and raised in Morelia, Mexico, but immigrated to California at an early age. She graduated from Cal State University of Northridge and earned a BA degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from NOVA Southeastern University. Ms. Flores is bilingual; she is proficient in both Spanish and English languages.

    We fight court-martial cases throughout the United States, Europe (Germany, Naples, Aviano, Italy, Rota, Spain, Sicily, England, Signonella, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Cyprus, Greenland, and Turkey), the Middle East (Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Afghanistan, and Iraq), and the Pacific (South Korea, Hawaii, Japan, Okinawa, and Guam). We represent military clients that are under investigation by CID, OSI, and NCIS, with the objective of avoiding criminal charges.

    Gonzalez & Waddington LLC
    15800 Pines Blvd, Suite 3101
    Pembroke Pines, FL, 33027

  6. Our attorneys specialize in security clearance appeals. They have dedicated their careers to learning the entire security clearance process from start to finish. They started by working for the federal government before entering private practice. Their extensive experience working for the federal government includes over eight years advising clients on revoking and suspending an employee’s security clearance, reporting derogatory information, representing clients in their response to a Statement of Reasons (SOR), and serving in a joint duty assignment for the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA). Their work at the DOHA allowed them to learn the inner-workings of the Agency responsible for representing the Department of Defense Central Adjudicative Facility (DoD CAF). All of these experiences provide our attorneys a unique advantage over other attorneys and firms who practice in the security clearance niche.

    The military defense lawyers at National Security Law Firm provide aggressive and highly experienced court-martial and UCMJ representation. Moreover, we defend Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard cases worldwide, at any military facility in the world. Thus — regardless of your physical location or service branch– our military defense lawyers can handle your military criminal law case.

    A criminal trial in the military is known as a court-martial. At National Security Law Firm, our military defense lawyers know the military justice system inside and out. This is extremely important if you are being accused of a crime in the military, due to its unique criminal justice system. While most people have a general understanding of the civilian criminal justice system, the military criminal justice system is unique and differs in many ways from a civilian criminal trial. Thus, it is very important that any attorney that represents a military member at a court-martial has specific military defense experience.

    1250 Connecticut Ave, NW Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20036

    9909 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Suite 175
    Chatsworth, CA 91311
    344 Grove Street, Suite 500

    Jersey City, NJ 07302
    Phone: (202) 600-4996

  7. The military law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC were servicemen and women long before they became lawyers. With their combined 200+ years of military service and law experience, they know the military, they know the law, and are ready to fight hard on your behalf. Because they began their education in the field, rather than the classroom, they are uniquely qualified to both communicate with military personnel and gain respect in military courts.

    Why Should You Hire a Civilian Attorney for Your Court-Martial?
    If the government provides you with a free JAG attorney, why should you pay for one? A court-martial is a serious matter with serious consequences. Using a “free” appointed JAG attorney may turn out to be costly to you in the long run.

    A court-martial is not a fair fight. The government goes to great lengths to investigate, prosecute and find you guilty. This could result in you losing everything you have worked so hard to accomplish. Your military career, your future and even your freedom are at stake. All that you have in your corner is a military-appointed attorney with minimal trial experience.

    Tully Rinckey PLLC, Attorneys & Counselors at Law
    (888) 248-5175
    Albany, NY
    Binghamton, NY
    Buffalo, NY
    Manhattan, NY
    Rochester, NY
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    Syracuse, NY
    Washington, D.C.
    Austin, TX
    Houston, TX
    San Diego, CA

  8. Our country’s military justice system is extremely unique. At JAG Defense, our military defense attorneys are retired and former military lawyers (JAGs) who have served in every facet of the military justice system and know it inside and out. While you will be provided with a free military JAG lawyer, it is often in your best interest to hire a civilian military lawyer. If you are facing disciplinary action within the military, we encourage you to contact JAG Defense about how our military defense lawyers can help you.

    We have done so with outstanding success, and we encourage you to review our Representative Cases.

    Military Sex Offenses
    Child Pornography/Internet Crimes
    BAH Fraud/Larceny

    Your future – to include your reputation, livelihood and freedom – will depend upon how effectively your lawyer can represent you. If you have been notified that you are pending a Court-Martial, please contact JAG Defense for a consultation about how one of our experienced Attorneys can help you with your case.

    JAG Defense
    Virginia Beach Location
    4445 Corporation Lane
    Virginia Beach, VA 23462
    Phone: 877-222-4199

  9. Military offenses have the potential to end a career. This area of law is complex, which means that it can be difficult to know what your options are once you realize that you are under investigation for violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice or other offenses. If you are in the military, and you are suspected or accused of an offense, you may rightly feel uncertain about the future of your career. You should consult military defense attorney Philip D. Cave. He has over 40 years of experience helping service members in the U.S. armed forces who have faced court-martials and other adverse actions. Mr. Cave has represented clients in the Norfolk area, Fort Hood, Fort Bragg, and countless other locations around the country, as well as overseas in countries such as Korea, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Great Britain.

    Law Office of Philip D. Cave

    When you face charges for an offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), your freedom and future is at stake. While the United States government makes every effort to provide you with adequate legal counsel, there is no substitute for an experienced, dedicated military defense attorney as part of the defense team.

    1318 Princess St #200
    Alexandria, VA 22314

    Phone: 703-298-9562
    Toll Free: 800-401-1583
    Fax: 703-997-6076

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