Know Your Rights - Article 31 Rights
Your Rights as Enlisted Personnel
If you were arrested for a crime as an enlisted service member, you understand the need to have aggressive defense on your side. Your military career and livelihood are dependent on the choices you make immediately following an arrest. It is important that the moment you are accused of a major crime that you retain the representation of an aggressive and highly experienced legal professional who fully understands military law and how to tenaciously defend their client's rights. You need to contact Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law. At our firm, we are committed to ensuring that you receive a favorable outcome for your case. We know that as a military member, your career may be on the line if you are arrested and we will work diligently to protect your enlistment status.
Much like a civilian's Bill of Rights or Miranda Rights, Article 31 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice provides uniformed military members their rights under investigation or arrest. Just like civilian individuals, the military has rights and any person that has arrested or charged with a serious crime needs to understand their rights as an American and actively exercise their rights. After an arrest, you must immediately be informed of these rights by an OSI, NCIS, CID or CGIS prior to questioning from a Commander's Inquiry or investigation. Your rights under Article 31 include:
A general understanding of the suspected offense
If you are unsure of the charges against you and why you are being arrested and accused of a crime, you need to ask for clarification. An interrogating officer only wants to do one thing - make you confess! It is important that you are fully aware of the charges that you are being faced with and take action to protect your rights.
The right to remain silent
You do not have to speak to an investigator! You have the right to remain silent and it is recommended that you exercise this right. When you do not speak with the investigators, your words will not be held against you in court and immediate interrogation will stop until you speak with an attorney.
The right to obtain an attorney
It is very important that you ask to speak with an attorney prior to answer any questions that may be asked of you. When you retain the representation of an attorney, your attorney can act as mediator between you and the investigating officers and the moment you ask to speak with an attorney, your interrogation will stop.
If you plan on making a statement, you must understand and waive your rights
If you waive your rights, anything you say can and will be held against you as evidence in a court of law. Never give up your rights and remain silent until you speak with an attorney. Waiving your rights is never a good option and even if you are completely innocent, work with an attorney!
Protecting Your Rights in the Military
Our founding attorney, Mr. Joseph L. Jordon, has proudly served 11 years in military service and is a former military prosecutor who has a deep understanding of the law as it pertains to enlisted service members. With the retention of our firm, you will be able to receive aggressive representation and trusted legal counsel for your case. You are a service member, which is often seen an as honorary position. You are serving the country and fighting to defend the rights and freedoms of others - allow Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law to defend your rights and freedoms.
Contact Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law today and work on protecting your military career and your good name and rank.