Top Considerations When Seeking a Military Defense Lawyer
If you’ve been questioned or charged with a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), the event might be your first-ever brush with criminal law. If so, you might be confused, frustrated, or even alarmed. Here are some of the top questions our clients face. Consider the answers for yourself then contact an experienced California military defense attorney.
Does Hiring a Lawyer Say That I Have Something to Hide?
If you are being investigated or charged with a crime, chances are good that the prosecuting officer already believes you have “something to hide,” whether or not that is actually true. Meanwhile, you have rights under the UCMJ and the Constitution. Finding an experienced attorney who will stand firmly “in your corner” is your best option for protecting those rights.
Should I Hire a Civilian Lawyer?
Every service member who is charged with a crime has access to counsel through the military. However, working with a civilian lawyer in addition to your government lawyer has many benefits. Your civilian and government lawyers can work as a team, ensuring no stone is left unturned as they build your case. Civilian attorneys also work independently from any military chain of command and have the time available to build the strongest possible case on your behalf – options that are often unavailable to government lawyers.
Can I Afford to Hire a Lawyer?
The costs of defense in each case depend on the facts and circumstances, the seriousness and complexity of the charges, and other factors. However, a civilian military defense lawyer will talk with you about the costs before you agree to hire him or her. It is always worth asking what you are likely to spend before deciding which attorney is right for you.