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

Joseph L. Jordan: Military Defense Attorney with a Global Perspective

Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law, is based out of Killeen, Texas, with a strong presence at Fort Hood. Even so, our military defense attorneys represent brave men and women from all five branches of the military, no matter where they’re stationed around the world. So whether you’re a Soldier, Sailor, Coast Guardsman, Airman, or … Read more

Do Military Personnel Need to Follow the COVID Vaccination Order?

Our brave men and women in uniform have dedicated themselves to protecting the country against grave threats to national defense. The question on everyone’s minds is whether military personnel should be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine to guard against a microscopic threat to their personal health. And once a full mandate is in place, … Read more

Why Service Members Should Stay Silent When Arrested

If you have been arrested while serving in the Armed Forces, your military career and livelihood may be on the line. How well you know your rights and even how you conduct yourself immediately following your arrest could greatly impact how your case plays out. That’s why you should know about your right to remain … Read more

Incidents at Fort Hood

2020 has been a year marked by bloodshed and heartache for military service members stationed at Fort Hood Army Base in the central Texas city of Killeen. A slew of homicides, suicides, fatal accidents, and criminal activities has left family members, friends, and residents of the base feeling shocked and baffled. Fort Hood is home … Read more

HOW TO AVOID THE MINEFIELDS OF MILITARY JUSTICE ISSUE 1 – ARTICLE 31B

ARTICLE 31B – COMPULSORY SELF-INCRIMINATION PROHIBITED For some odd reason, when young Servicemembers come under investigation, they feel they need to talk. I guess it’s not odd. It is the military. Integrity is everything. Integrity is drilled into the minds of all young Servicemembers during their basic training. I went to basic training in 1998. … Read more

UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE UPDATES, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1ST, 2019

With the enactment of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a series of Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) updates have been implemented on January 1st, 2019. The late John McCain described the updates as the “most significant reforms” to the UCMJ in history. How will the changes actually impact members of the United … Read more

CAAF DECISION GIVES CCA POWER TO DISAPPROVE MANDATORY MINIMUM PUNITIVE DISCHARGE

The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) has presented its decision for United States v Kelly. The CAAF’s opinion has held that a Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has the legal ability to disapprove a mandatory minimum punitive discharge when the penalty would be “inappropriately severe.” The decision has creates the potential … Read more

AIR FORCE CCA DECISION MAY FORBID USE OF OLD PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION

The Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has recently overruled a decision in United States v. Lancaster that removed punishment from using prescription drugs for any purpose other than the treatment of the illness or injury for which they were originally prescribed by a physician. The new statement labels the previous decision as “erroneous” and “contrary” … Read more