During or after serving in the military, one could be classified as enlisted, commissioned, retired or discharged. There are specific legal challenges that each classification could face. Military law has its own distinct laws that can overlap with state and federal laws, or not.
Dealing with military law can be complicated, confusing and overwhelming. Just as there are multiple ways to get in trouble, there are also a variety of unique strategies to get out of them. It is beneficial to self-educate on military law and to seek professional counsel when navigating the nuanced uniqueness of military law.
Legal issues military members shouldn’t try to handle alone
The potential for problems is vast. The following are some categories of legal challenges that men and women of the armed forces could face:
- Court-martial and court-martial appeals
- Military medical malpractice under Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)
- Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)
- Officer misconduct
- Absence Without Leave (AWOL)
- Urinalysis failures
- Non-Commissioned Officer Evaluation Report (NCOER) / Officer Evaluation Report (OER)
- Correction of military records
- Command investigations
- Security clearances
- Boards of inquiry
- General officer memorandum of reprimand
- War crimes
There are many ways to find oneself involved in legal issues as a current or ex-military member. The above is only a few of the most common ways that military members find themselves needing legal counsel. Members of the armed forces could face state and federal laws as well as military laws. Additionally, family members of military service members may face their own unique legal challenges.
After serving your country, having legal issues can feel like an insult. It is important to set aside your emotions and focus on developing a strong defense. Having an advocate by your side that is experienced in military law can help to ensure that your rights are protected.