As a member of the military, it is important to know what you could be subjected to if you are suspected of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Command investigations are part of the legal process that you should be aware of. If you are facing an investigation it is vital that you work with a competent military defense attorney.
What is a command investigation?
A command investigation is often referred to as an Article 15-6 investigation. The command loses jurisdiction to investigate certain criminal offenses such as crimes against persons. For example, investigations for sexual assault or criminal acts have to be investigated by law enforcement. Other crimes such as fraud, adultery and military-specific crimes are typically investigated by the command.
How does a command investigation work?
During a command investigation, an officer or member of the command who is tasked to determine whether there is evidence against you, will use the facts and circumstances surrounding the case to conduct a preliminary inquiry. Then the General or Commanding Officer will decide whether the allegation has any merit, and if so, can seek investigative assistance from law enforcement or may use the results of the command investigation to initiate some sort of adverse action under the UCMJ.
How We Can Help
The Law Office of Garrison A. Wood specializes in military defense law and has handled numerous cases similar to yours. If you are facing a command investigation, it is important that you contact us right away so that we can begin building the best defense possible for your case.
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