Long Beach Military Post-Combat Anger Lawyers
Among the hundreds of thousands of service members returning from overseas, as many as 20% may have post-combat stress, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a collection of physical and psychological symptoms considered a reaction to the traumatic experiences that are all too common in combat. Victims that have experienced traumatic combat experiences may have flashbacks or nightmares about the traumatic event and suffer insomnia, paranoia, irritability and other signs of anxiety that make it nearly impossible to return to civilian life.
Dealing with PTSD
Among the most devastating effects post-combat stress can have on its victims is the trouble it can cause in their interpersonal relationships. Because the military often refuses to diagnose PTSD or forces the victim to prove a suspected diagnosis, victims may be left with no good explanation for the changes in their behavior. Their spouses, families and civilian colleagues may not understand what they're going through -- or even blame them for symptoms like quickness to anger, severe sleep deprivation or use of drugs and alcohol.
The results would be devastating in any case, but they're especially severe when the service member is accused of domestic violence or another violent crime. Domestic violence is a major concern for the military that it is punished very severely. The military treats domestic violence charges very seriously; a conviction can hurt your career and render you ineligible to carry a firearm. Other violent crimes can result in courts-martial or confinement. And in some cases, you may face attention from the local media that can turn a private matter into a very public one.
Ex-Marine & Military Defense Attorney
If you're facing charges of domestic violence or another crime you believe is related to post-combat anger or PTSD, you need a military defense lawyer who understands the military's unique laws and culture. That's why you should call ex-Marine and experienced military defense lawyer Joseph H. Low IV. Joseph H. Low isn't afraid to take on tough cases, and he has a substantial record of success in military defense and litigation. Most importantly, he understands the military rules and institutions you face -- because he's been there. If you're charged with military domestic violence or another crime, call Joseph H. Low IV at (562) 901-0840 or (888) 454-5569 for a free consultation.