Military Criminal Defense Attorney at Law

Representing Military Members Across the Globe Facing Military Investigations and Courts-Martial

Joseph L. Jordan Represents

Military Members

Depending on the act for which a military member was arrested, disciplinary actions may vary. Commonly, less serious military crimes are handled through a non-judicial process, such as an Article 15 hearing, captain's mast, or office hours. More serious crimes, such as violent crimes of rape, murder, or assault, are required to be tried in a court martial process. Anyone involved in these types of disciplinary actions should be represented by the trusted military defense attorney from our firm. Contact us today to learn more about how we'll fight for you!

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Joseph L. Jordan is a UCMJ lawyer who travels around the globe to represent service members in military criminal defense matters. He is an accomplished, experienced military attorney who specializes in defending ALL service members against violations of the UCMJ.



Criminally accused military service members deserve outstanding and aggressive defense from a trusted and highly experienced legal professional. You have protected and defended your country - you deserve to have someone on your side to protect your rights and defend your freedom. Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law is a former service member who proudly stands behind the men and women serving this great country and ensures that they receive the representation that they deserve. If you or a loved one faces any sort of civilian or military criminal matter, you need to immediately retain the legal counsel of our firm.

Founding UCMJ Attorney Joseph L. Jordan has provided excellent service to our military members for many years. Mr. Jordan prides himself on being direct and relatable to all clients. As a former Army enlisted Soldier, Army combat arms officer, and Army Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps officer, he understands the immediate importance of protecting a service member's name, rank, and rights after a criminal accusation. If you are a Soldier, Sailor, Marine, Airman, or Coast Guardsman, you can trust your case to Attorney Jordan!

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Prior to becoming an Army Lawyer, Joseph Jordan served as a 92a, (Logistician) in the Army.  He subsequently earned a full ride ROTC scholarship and upon graduating was commissioned in the Air Defense Artillery.  Three years later upon graduating lawschool, Mr. Jordan entered the Army JAG Corps.

UCMJ Attorney Jordan served as an Army prosecutor in Korea and Fort Cavazos (Fort Hood). His past experience with the Army JAG Corps includes service as a legal assistance attorney, chief of claims, interim chief of justice, operational law attorney, and administrative law attorney. He also previously served as an interim chief of military justice. Attorney Jordan is admitted to practice law in Arkansas. He is also an active member of the Arkansas Bar Association, American Bar Association, Military Law Section of the Texas Bar Association, and the Criminal Law Section of the American Bar Association. Working with Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law can greatly benefit your case. He conducts thorough, independent interviews and works with private investigators to gain an objective understanding of the facts of each case. If you have been arrested or are facing a separation board or discharge from your position, you need to immediately contact our firm and speak with a trusted and highly experienced military defense attorney!


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Why Hire Us?

Defending Military Crimes

If you're faced with an arrest for a military crime, it's critical to contact us immediately. Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law knows that your career and future might be on the line, and you need an aggressive advocate by your side to help you avoid criminal penalties, discharge, and loss of rank, among other disciplinary actions. Military crimes we work with include rape, aggravated sexual assault, larceny, drug crimes, manslaughter, and attempted murder. No case is too big or too small, so contact us the moment you are arrested or placed under investigation for a serious crime.

Aggressive Defense Against Article 120 Sexual Assault Charges

Article 120 Sexual assault charges are nothing to take lightly, and you need an aggressive attorney on your side. Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law has experience defending military members against sex assault charges, including the sexual assault of a minor. The U.S. military takes these charges very seriously, and being wrongfully accused can ruin your military career and make your civilian life very difficult as well. Attorney Jordan is the sexual assault lawyer to contact when your reputation is at stake.

Helping You Fight Manslaughter & Murder Charges

Two of the most violent crimes you can be charged with are murder and manslaughter. For that reason, you need to immediately retain the representation of an aggressive and understanding military defense lawyer like Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law. As a former service member and Army JAG officer, Attorney Jordan has an in-depth understanding of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Our firm will take your case if you have been charged with murder under Article 118 or manslaughter under Article 119. There's no time to wait when you face charges as serious as these. Contact us today so we can get started on your case.

Defending Military Members Against Article 112a Drug Crimes

We provide defense for drug crimes charges in the military with our aggressive representation for enlisted personnel. The penalties for drug charges can vary based on your ranking, branch, and how superiors choose to reprimand you. Whether you're facing drug charges for possessions of marijuana, cocaine, or large amounts of prescription pills, we can fight for you. These charges could result in being confined without pay or dishonorable discharge. It's imperative to contact Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law immediately if you've been charged with a drug crime in the military.

Contact us today for aggressive help from our military defense attorney!



"With their help, I am able to prove that I am an excellent soldier that deserves to stay in the military."


"Mr Jordan is the defense attorney you need."


"He is a very professional and reasonable Attorney."


"Nothing but great things to say about Joseph and his team. Do yourself a favor and hire him."


"Reassuring, Articulate, Knowledgable, Effective"

Captain, US Army

"Best civilian and military defense counsel team"

A Senior Air Force Military Judge

"He is extremely well qualified and knowledgeable - especially with the military legal system."

E. Howard T.

"It is with great appreciation and respect that I highly recommend Mr. Joseph Jordan."

Joseph P.

"Mr. Jordan and his team did an outstanding job during my court-martial."

Cristi Murphy

"I wanna thank you again for all you've done."

Former Client

Free attorneys are a gamble.

In civilian criminal cases, the court assigns a public defender to anyone who can’t afford or doesn’t want to hire an attorney on their own. Judge Advocate General (JAG) attorneys are the military’s equivalent to public defenders.

JAGs are active military members serving as defense attorneys. Some assigned JAG officers are highly reputable, providing an excellent defense. Many JAGs even go on to open their own legal practices as UCMJ lawyers, including Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law. However, there is such thing as a “career” JAG officer. These lawyers spend their whole legal career as a JAG.  Typically, they start off as either a legal assistance attorney or as a trial counsel.  Trial Counsel is another word for military prosecutor.   After they have served their initial term as a military prosecutor they may move on to other roles in operations law, administrative law and of course defense.  Generally, after they have served one tour as a defense attorney they never return to that role.  The go on to continue to work as government attorney’s in just about any capacity other than defense counsel.  If they intend on having a career in the JAG Corps, they typically don’t have an interest in rocking the boat when acting as a defense counsel.

Every JAG officer is ethically obligated to defend their clients to the best of their ability. However, consider that attorney supervisors often determine assigned attorneys’ promotions, future assignments, and retirements. As long as free military defense lawyers continue working for the same military service as the military prosecutors, implied conflict of interests will exist.

You might get lucky and be assigned a good JAG attorney, but are you willing to take the risk?

Free attorneys have hidden costs.

When you are accused of a crime while serving in the military, your career, benefits, and freedom are all at stake. If you lose your case because of an assigned attorney’s lack of experience, it will cost you significantly more in the long run than hiring a knowledgeable UCMJ lawyer. The potential costs are dire:

  • Your career could be derailed.
  • You could lose your retirement and veteran’s benefits.
  • You could lose your enlistment bonus and have to pay back your military academy tuition.
  • You may have to register as a sex offender.

You can greatly reduce the risk of these outcomes by working with a UCMJ attorney.

Free attorneys aren’t assigned until you’ve been charged.

Similar to a public defender, you aren’t assigned a JAG attorney until the charges are official. After all, government-appointed lawyers must perform military duties in addition to their legal work, so they can’t make time for people who haven’t been formally notified yet.

On the other hand, you can hire a UCMJ attorney at any time—preferably at the first sign of trouble—giving you a chance to receive legal advice and begin working out a strategy in case charges are brought against you.

Courts martial can be unfair.

The military justice system pits humble service members against military prosecutors with nearly limitless amounts of money and other resources. Military prosecution has one goal in mind—to secure a conviction and dole out a heavy sentence. Consider how due process in civilian court compares with military court:


  • In civilian court, experienced lawyers weigh the evidence and determine whether to bring charges.
  • In military court, a commander with limited legal training decides whether to bring charges. Often times the commander is advised by a young lawyer intent on making their mark and justifying their existence as a military lawyer.

Case strategy

  • Civilian public defenders confer with experienceds and investigators when building a case strategy, which they need not share with prosecutors.
  • Military defense attorneys must reveal case strategies to the prosecution to obtain access to experienceds (this usually only in the instance in which an experienced is denied and motions practice needs to occur).

Sending charges to trial

  • If a federal grand jury decides the charges shouldn’t go to trial, the decision is binding.
  • The outcome of military Article 32 investigations is often ignored, and charges may be referred to a court martial despite recommendations to the contrary.


  • Impartial civilian juries are selected at random from a cross-section of the community.
  • Service members have no right to a trial by an impartial jury of their peers—only a token representative jury known as a military panel, which is almost always composed of senior enlisted and officers.

Constitutional requirements

  • In civilian court, constitutional protections apply, both to the charges brought against the accused and the trial procedures.
  • In addition to denying the right to a jury, the military routinely makes other constitutional exceptions. Military law also still criminalizes many things that are legal in the civilian world, such as cannabis use and adultery.


  • In civilian cases, a 12-person jury must reach a unanimous verdict to convict the accused.
  • In a court martial, a small military panel can convict the accused by a three-fourths majority (up from two-thirds prior to 2019) in all cases except those involving capital punishment.

Choose Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law as your UCMJ lawyer

The complexity of military cases and the lasting consequences of a guilty verdict underscore the importance of securing proper legal representation. With a 15-year tenure as a military attorney and previous experience as an Army JAG officer, Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law is well-equipped to fight for you. We have handled highly complex cases on behalf of service members stationed around the world. Choose our UCMJ lawyer to represent your case, and you’ll increase the chances of a desirable outcome.

Call us toll free at 833-884-2715 or 254-853-0064 today to speak directly with Joseph L. Jordan about your case.