Leaving Command Matters in a Court Martial
Accused of Leaving Your Command?
No one enlists in the United States military with the intention of eventually
becoming an unauthorized absentee or deserter. In all likelihood, you
had the goal of serving your country in the world's finest all-volunteer
armed forces, and of enjoying a successful career both during the course
of your time in the military and upon the receipt of an honorable discharge.
If, however, you now find yourself in the difficult position of being accused
of going absent without leave (AWOL) or of deserting, we can help you
seek to put your military problems behind you, so that you can get on
with your life. Our goal is to help you avoid having the fact that you
enlisted end up ruining the rest of your life. A
military criminal defense attorney from McCormack & McCormack is ready to aggressively represent you
in an effort to minimize the long term consequences of being classified
as a deserter.
What the Laws Have to Say
Over the course of the last quarter of a century, we have assisted countless
military personnel in all branches of the U.S. military who were classified
as deserters, or being absent without authority and who wanted to get
out of the military. These are difficult cases, since the military's
argument is that it must maintain good order and discipline within the
ranks and cannot afford to let the soldiers and sailors decide when they
want to go home. Remember, if you have been away from your command for
more than 30 days, there is likely a federal warrant outstanding for your
arrest and even a traffic stop can put you in jail until you are transferred
back to the military, after which you could be confined for months.
How Our Military Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
In many of these cases, we have been able to secure an administrative discharge
from the service, without any criminal conviction or record, for extended
periods of desertion, even up to several years. In most cases, it will
be necessary for the service member to return to the military to get things
resolved and it may take several months for this to occur. If our legal
services are retained while you are in an absentee or deserter status,
we will assist in coordinating your return to the military.
Once you are back with your command or the deserter processing facility,
we will negotiate your case and closely monitor the situation. We will
endeavor to bring the case to a prompt conclusion and hopefully without
a federal conviction, confinement or punitive discharge on your record.
If the command is intent on taking you to a court-martial, we are prepared
to litigate your case to minimize the long term consequences and to get
you back to your family as quickly as possible.
Take your first step now by contacting our office for a free