Tacoma Court Martial Attorneys
Military Criminal Defense in Pierce County & Western Washington
Under the Uniform Code for Military Justice, or UCMJ, there are two punishable offenses: Common law crimes and military crimes.
Common law crimes that our Tacoma criminal defense attorneys typically handle for military personnel include:
- Theft crimes, such as burglary and larceny
- Sex crimes, such as rape or assault
- Violent crimes, like battery or homicide
- DUI and related matters
Military crimes, on the other hand, are unique to military service and often require a more nuanced defense strategy from counsel familiar with military law.
These issues can include:
- Disrespect to a senior officer
- Absent without Official Leave (AWOL)
- Conduct unbecoming to a service member
Possible Penalties for Military Members
In any branch of military service, a Commander will ultimately use their discretion on what punishments fit the alleged offense. Every command level has prosecutorial discretion and may use their own best judgement, as well as advice from their direct subordinates. A Commander who as the authority to send a matter to a court marital is known as a Convening Authority
In the Army, this includes a Division or Corps Commander, Battalion, or Brigade who will consider the seriousness of the alleged offense, the evidence presented, and the impact of the offense on the mission.
If the Commander decides that a case will go to court martial, it will proceed in one of three ways:
To learn more, or to discuss your case, call The Law Offices of Krupa & Clark at (253) 345-4506 to speak with a Tacoma military criminal defense lawyer during a free initial consultation.