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Military courts are comprised of personnel within different areas of the
military. These people serve as judges, panel members, officials, and
lawyers. The procedures in military court will vary greatly from procedures
in a civilian court. Servicemembers who have been charged with military
crimes should always obtain the services of an experienced lawyer. At
Thomas & Paulk, P.A., a skilled Tampa military criminal defense lawyer
can represent your best interests and fight to clear your name! We have
handled thousands of criminal defense cases ranging from minor misdemeanors
to major felonies. You can be confident in our firm’s experience
and thorough approach to litigation.
We can aggressively fight on your behalf.
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What Is Martial Law?
When a person is in any branch of the military, they must abide by a special
set of rules. This set of rules is called martial law. Martial law is
a very strict code of conduct that must be observed by military persons
at all levels. If a person fails to adhere to martial law, or violates
martial law, they will be charged with a military crime. Once charged
with a military crime, the person will have to partake in a court-martial
trial or face charges in a military court.
Types of Court-Martial
Military court, also known as a court-martial, is where military members
have their trial heard and their judgment determined. These courts hear
everything from minor crimes such as theft to severe military crimes such
Take a look at the three kinds of court-martial:
Summary Court-Martial: This type of court-martial typically involves minor cases. Punishments
will be determined according to the pay grade of the defendant and a single
officer will serve as prosecutor and defense. If the defendant is an E-4
or below, punishment may include 30 days of confinement, reduced pay,
and a 60-day restriction period.
Special Court-Martial: This type of court-martial handles “intermediate” cases involving
a three-officer jury, defense counsel, prosecutor, and military judge.
The defendant may also be able to opt for a trial by judge or a minimum
of a third enlisted personnel.
General Court-Martial: This court-martial serves harsh penalties, such as bad conduct discharges,
dishonorable discharges, and even death sentences. Before the case reaches
general court-martial, protocol must be followed. This includes investigation
before the trial. In addition, the defendant can pay for civilian legal
counsel in this court-martial.
Our Tampa military criminal defense lawyers know how to handle the military
court process for servicemembers facing serious criminal charges! Trust
us to provide insight and direction needed during this serious and confusing time.
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Each case we take on is handled on an individual basis. We can tailor your
defense to perfectly match up with your specific charges and circumstances.
With over 7,000 cases resolved in our years of practice, our clients can
trust that Thoams & Paulk has the hands-on skill and experience to
guide them through this difficult time. If you are facing military crime
charges, don’t hesitate to enlist our counsel and representation.
Contact us for a free case evaluation! Our military criminal defense attorneys in
Tampa are ready to hear your case and protect your rights.