Being charged with a crime while in the military can be stressful and frightening, but understanding the court martial process at Fort Drum and working with a competent military defense attorney will help you move through the process quickly and easily.
The court martial process can vary depending on the type of crime committed, your rank and other circumstances surrounding your case. These court-martials include:
- Summary court-martial – This type of court-martial is typically used in cases involving minor incidents.
- Special court-martial – A special court-martial is often thought of as being similar to a civilian misdemeanor court.
- General court-martial – This type of court-martial is usually used to try the most serious crimes.
- Joint jurisdiction court-martial – Some cases could fall under multiple jurisdictions such as the local or state government and military. If your case falls under more than one jurisdiction, it could be referred to a joint jurisdiction court-martial.
Consequences of Conviction
If you go through the court-martial process at Fort Drum and are convicted of a crime, you could face various punishments. These consequences are unique to the circumstances of your case and the crime committed, but could include:
- Forfeiture of pay and allowances
- Dishonorable discharge
- Demotion in rank
How We Can Help
If you’re stationed at Fort Drum and have been charged with a crime, it is important to begin building a defense as soon as possible. Garrison Wood specializes in military defense law and can help you walk away with the best outcome possible for your case. To get started, give us a call today.
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