When you have been charged with a crime and are facing the possibility of court-martial, you are given the right to receive legal representation to advocate on your behalf and to defend you against the allegations against you. Many service members in your situation choose to rely on the appointed military defense counsel, but this is likely not in your best interest.
Often, this choice is made because the appointed attorney is free; the U.S. government covers the costs of legal defense, sparing the accused the necessity of paying for representation. In other cases, they assume that their case will thereby be in the best possible hands, given the fact that the appointed counsel spends all day, every day working in the military criminal justice system. Other people still simply do not realize that they have the right to choose their own attorney and can hire a civilian military criminal defense lawyer.
Exercise Your Right to Choose Your Own Lawyer
The truth is that you do have three options:
- Allow the appointed counsel to represent you
- Hire your own private legal representation
- Represent yourself
It is nearly always better, however, to retain your own attorney, since this serves to maximize your chances of a successful outcome to the case.
One of the reasons this is true is due in large part to the fact that most of the appointed military attorneys have very limited contested trial experience, and there is a very high likelihood that if you chose this course of action, you would end up with a lawyer who does not have the experience and knowledge to:
- Give the attention your case deserves
- Conduct a proper investigation
- Develop an effective strategy for defending you
Fortunately, you can give yourself the benefit of having a private lawyer without sacrificing the advantages of working with an attorney who has an intimate understanding of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and who knows from first-hand experience how the military justice system works. When you hire an attorney from McCormack & McCormack, you will be represented by a lawyer who has worked with the military since 1979.
Attorney Greg McCormack's experience as a prosecutor and defense lawyer while he served on active duty with the U.S. Army JAG Corps provided him with the foundations for his ability to successfully defend countless military personnel.
Speak with a Military Criminal Defense Lawyer
With the experience of hundreds of military court-martials behind him, Greg McCormack has the ability to fully evaluate and anticipate the prosecution's case, so as to be able to best prepare a successful defense. Whether you need legal counsel for non-judicial punishment or a summary court-martial, or if you are facing a special court-martial or general court-martial, we are ready to fight for you.