How Does Pretrial Confinement Work for Military Members?

When a person is charged with a crime, the judge may order pretrial confinement. The military version of pretrial confinement shares some similarities to civilian rules, but there are some notable differences. By understanding how pretrial confinement works for military members, you’ll know what to expect if this has been imposed on you. How Pretrial … Read more

Unprecedented Unaminous Verdict Order Enacted in Military Court during Sexual Assult Trial

An army judge rules to require a unanimous guilty verdict during a sexual assault case, sparking discussion of requiring unanimous verdicts in military court. Military and civilian court cases operate under different sets of laws, processes, and sentencings. These differences include court proceedings and regulations where military courts do not always align with the standard … Read more

An Officer’s Guide to AR 15-6 Investigations

Investigating officers are appointed under the provisions of Army Regulation (AR) 15-6 to conduct timely, thorough, and legally sound inquiries. AR 15-6 investigations are specifically designed to be informal, though some provisions are also applicable to formal investigations. For the purposes of this guide, only informal investigations will be discussed. Who Can Serve as an … Read more

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Recommended Changes to Sexual Assault Prosecutions for 2023

The military justice system isn’t set up to effectively handle sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and other sensitive cases. That’s why an Independent Review Commission (IRC) out of the Pentagon has recommended 28 main changes and 54 sub-recommendations to fix the way sexual assault and related crimes are prosecuted in the military. While the … Read more

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Facing Court-Martial after Dealing with CPS

The Killeen Daily Herald has reported the story of Staff Sgt. Sandy Marquis, who is now facing a court-martial over an old Child Protective Services (CPS) case.  The article gives the years-long background to the current case and explains that Marquis believes she is being targeted for reporting instances of sexual misconduct to the authorities … Read more

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What is an Article 119 Charge?

Article 119 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is one of the most violent crimes a person can be charged with while serving in the military. If you have been accused of manslaughter, this means the prosecution has already had time to gather evidence and testimony supporting their claims. Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney … Read more

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Why You Need a UCMJ Lawyer

Have you been accused of a crime while serving in the military? You may seek representation from a free UCMJ lawyer if your case is referred to a general court martial or special court martial. Knowing this, why would you seek other legal representation on your own? There are plenty of reasons to secure the … Read more

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The Lack of Convictable Evidence in Military Sexual Assault Cases

Sexual assault in the military has been a problem for years. The Pentagon recently announced 6,236 reports of sexual assault in 2019, up 3 percent from 6,053 in 2018. It is also estimated that only one in four sexually assaulted service members report the crime. At the same time, the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, … Read more

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NATO SOFA Agreement: between the Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty regarding the Status of their Forces

Understanding the Foreign Military Investigation Process Overseas deployment can be an opportunity to sightsee while abroad. If you’re stationed in a friendly country, you may decide to take leave and travel for a bit. However, as soon as you step foot off the military installation, you could be subject to the jurisdiction of a foreign … Read more

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