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Court-Martial Process & Procedure: Know your rights when facing criminal charges in the military

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Court-Martial Process & Procedure: Know your rights when facing criminal charges John Cannon, owner of Cannon Law Firm, PLLC, is a JAG attorney. He has experience defending and prosecuting a multitude of military criminal cases, including Court-Martial. COURT-MARTIAL BASICS Court-Martial proceedings are governed by military specific law. The Uniform Code of Military Justice (“UCMJ”); the Military Rules of Evidence (“MRE”); …

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The Spectrum of Military Justice from Verbal Counseling to Prison

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As a Judge Advocate, I am tasked with defending Service members through a wide range of legal processes and procedures that make up our military justice system, including the spectrum of employment law, administrative law, and criminal law. On one end of the spectrum you have purely employment law issues, which consist of: counseling statements; evaluations, Officer Evaluation Reports or …

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Criminal Military Proceedings: Pleas and No Thank You

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In State Court proceedings a criminal defendant may enter a plea of no contest or an Alford Plea, in lieu of a guilty plea, and may be sentenced, while maintaining factual innocence. The Alford Plea originates from the 1970 United States Supreme Court case of North Carolina v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25 (1970) in which the Court allowed the defendant, …