Court Martial Defense
Experienced Maryland Court Martial Lawyer
When military personnel commit an action that violates the Uniform Code
of Military Justice (UCMJ), they can be charged and called to face a military
court known as a court martial. While there are some similarities between
state court and a court martial, the two procedures are also markedly
different in a number of ways. The UCMJ outlines its own set of criminal
laws that differ from state and federal statutes. In most cases of a court
martial, military personnel are allowed to retain representation of a
civilian lawyer, but it takes more than an average criminal defense lawyer
to properly handle a court martial.
At Matthews, Owens and Associates, LLC, we are well-versed in the procedures
and laws that govern a court martial. Attorney
Joseph M. Owens is not only an aggressive, incisive Maryland court marital lawyer, but
is also a highly decorated service member. He's familiar with the
gravity and atmosphere courts martial can have and is ready protect your
Civilian Trial vs Court Martial
The ways in which a court martial can differ from a civilian state or federal
trial are significant. It takes a deft hand to navigate these differences
so that they do not hamper the accused's case.
Ways in which courts-martial differ from civilian trials include:
- Jury selection and composition
- Crime classification under the UCMJ
- Jury Verdicts
- Plea bargains and the appeals process
Mishandling of any of these factors reflects poorly on the defendant's
case and could even lead to contempt findings and further penalties. If
the accused does elect to seek civilian counsel, it is absolutely crucial
they employ one with significant military law experience.
We're Ready to Hear Your Case
Guilty verdicts in a court martial can result in a marred military record,
a dishonorable discharge, and prison time. If you or a loved one are facing
military charges, then an extensively experienced and prepared lawyer
can give your case the critical edge to arrive at the best possible outcome.
Don't hesitate to contact Matthews, Owens and Associates, LLC to speak
with a proven Maryland court marital attorney today!
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