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Proof lies on him who asserts, not on him who denies. The concept is that one is innocent until proven guilty. Regardless of what the law says about reasonable doubt, there is an unwritten presumption within the ranks of the military that if you are charged with sexual assault, then you are guilty. The stakes are your life! Your military counsel works for the same military that charged you. Consider that as you choose who represents you in your potentially life altering case.

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What is a Summary Court Martial?

Depending on the type of incident in question, there are a few ways that an accused military member can be court-martialed. One of those ways is through a summary court martial. A summary court ...
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Some Marines to Be Discharged Before Holiday Season

Some Marines may get an early Christmas present this year, coming in the form of early release from active duty. On November 4 th, it was posted in a Marine administrative message that Marines that ...
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Alleged Air Force Academy Sexual Assault Victim Reluctant to Testify

A recent Air Force Academy hearing resulted in an alleged victim stating that the accused was their friend and they did not want to see them on trial. The accused is a third-year Air Force Academy ...
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Drill Sergeant Court-Martialed for Sexual Misconduct

One of the hot-button topics concerning the military has been cases of sexual assault and preventing these incidents in the future. The latest studies even suggest that occurrences of sexual assault ...
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Three Soldiers Charged with Human Smuggling

What happens when a person commits a crime for the potential betterment of another person? The recent influx of immigrants along the border of Mexico is associated with gang-related violence in South ...
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Military Mishandled Child Sexual Assault Cases

A recent report has found that the military's investigations into child sexual abuse allegations were improperly done and contained deficiencies. Ten cases were suggested to be reopened to correct ...
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What Happens in an Article 32 Investigation?

Understanding the benefits of an Article 32 investigation versus a grand jury proceeding is crucial. If you are facing serious criminal charges as a military service member, it is important for you to ...
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Can I Get a Discharge Upgrade?

A veteran may seek to upgrade their military discharge for several reasons. Whether you are seeking to clear your name and restore your honor or want to obtain the VA benefits you feel are rightfully ...
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Encouraging Signs from Navy's New Sexual Assault Training

The Navy is stepping up its efforts to curb sexual assaults on its bases by adding more informational and engaging training sessions. This is in addition to revising its policies on reporting, ...
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Adultery in the Military: Understanding the Charges

The military has strict standards of discipline, especially in regards to adultery. Since military personnel are expected to represent the armed forces as a whole, any service member who commits ...
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More Charges Brought Forward for Sailor's Homicide

More charges have been brought forward in the tragic homicide case of a navy petty officer stationed in Germany. A solider is facing trial on October 14, 2014 on charges of making a false official ...
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Worldwide Military Criminal Defense

Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law has established himself as an experienced and effective military criminal defense lawyer. As a former Army enlisted soldier, Army combat arms officer, and Army JAG ...
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Is Going AWOL Ever the Right Option?

By Tasha Carnahan and Joseph Jordan Here is an example. This is a hypothetical situation and is in no way an actual case. SGT John Brown's uncle passed away. He brought this to the attention of ...
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What is an Article 32 Hearing?

Article 32 hearings are established under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and are similar to preliminary hearings in civilian law. As most military members know, court-martials are the ...
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Attorney Joseph L. Jordan Becomes Member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40

Joseph Jordan, UCMJ Law is proud to announce that Attorney Joseph L. Jordan recently earned inclusion to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 – a professional legal organization that ...
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What Are Pandering Charges?

Pandering charges refer to inducing, enticing, or procuring an act of prostitution. Although pandering may seem an inconsequential act, especially in foreign countries where prostitution may be legal ...
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What Are the Penalties for Article 15 Charges?

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) provides military commanders with a tool for maintaining discipline, and gives them the authority to impose non-judicial punishment (NJP) under Article 15 ...
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Changes to Military Sexual Assault Rules May Have Big Impact

By: Joseph L. Jordan When a large defense bill was signed last December, it also included revisions to military sexual assault rules. As these rules are being implemented and used to frame cases of ...
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Defense Secretary Calls on Naval Academy Grads to End Military Sexual Assault

This month, the Naval Academy's 164 th graduation ceremony ushered in more than a thousand new officers to the fleet. In total, the academy's graduation class produced 784 Navy ensigns and 265 ...
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Is There a Jury in a Court Martial?

Trials by courts-martial are military courts that dispose of serious offenses for service members. In many ways, court martial hearings are similar to civilian criminal hearings, but there are also ...
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Proposed Bill Would Get Rid of "Good Soldier Defense" in Military Sexual Assault Cases

A new bill proposed last week – on Monday, May 5 th – would prevent service members facing sexual assault allegations from using the "good soldier defense." This means that there ...
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Questions Raised Over Prosecution, Conviction Rates for Military Sexual Assaults

In light of a new report released by the Justice Department last week, questions are being raised regarding the amount of military sexual assault cases resulting in convictions. The report – ...
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What to Look For When Hiring a Court Martial Attorney

Any service member who has been accused of committing a crime has the right to retain a court martial attorney. Rather than facing your punishment hearing alone, face your reprimand hearing with a ...
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DoD: Reports of Military Sexual Assault Increase by 50 Percent

According to new statistics released by the Department of Defense on Thursday, May 1, the number of reports of military sexual assault increased by 50% last year. Although this may seem shocking, ...
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What Are the Penalties for Article 120 Charges?

Under Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UJMJ), there are serious penalties for sexual assault and related misconduct. Convicted service members will be dismissed or dishonorably ...
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