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Summary Court Martials

Advocacy from a Honolulu Military Defense Lawyer

Are you a member of the military facing disciplinary action in an Article 15 case? Your reputation and military career could be on the line! Even though most issues involved in these types of cases are minor, there are some issues that military members should keep in mind.

First, there is no real formal trial with a judge, jury, defense lawyer, or prosecutor. Instead, one military officer will serve in all of these capacities. This means that most cases end with the accused being punished, as they have no real way to defend themselves.

If you have been accused of some type of incident that lead to an Article 15 or other summary court martial matter, you need a Honolulu military defense lawyer who can stand up for your rights during this time. You don't have to simply accept the outcome! You have legal options and the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC is here to help you explore those alternatives.

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What is a summary court martial?

As mentioned before, one officer will serve in the main four roles of a typical court martial. As the judge, jury, prosecutor and defense attorney, they will naturally have a challenging time remaining neutral. However, the officer does have the obligation to investigate the facts that brought about the Article 15 or similar incident. From there, they must draw a factual conclusion on whether or not you are guilty solely based on the evidence available.

You must be given the following information in the preliminary proceeding:

  • The individual who has accused you of your infractions
  • What exactly you have been charged with
  • Any witnesses who will speaking against you
  • All the evidence that has been submitted in your case

Though a private attorney may be restricted in their presence during the actual summary court martial, you can consult with a Honolulu military defense lawyer beforehand to ensure that you fully understand your rights and legal options. Not only do you have the right to review and present your own evidence and provide testimony, but you also have the right refuse a trial by summary court martial and request a different type of court martial.

If you believe your case calls for more in-depth review or legal processes, you need to reach out to our firm today. We can work with you to ensure that you receive the fair trial you deserve.

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