The most severe forum is the felony-level General Court-Martial (GCM). Prison or brig sentences may include up to life in prison or even death. Dishonorable Discharge (DD) and Bad-Conduct Discharge (BCD) are possible, in addition to full rank reduction to E-1, fines, and forfeitures.
A General Court-Martial is a life-changing event. The cost of losing is great. The outcome could alter the rest of your life as you know it. You need someone that knows how to win in this arena. Someone who has done it relentlessly, time and time again. Someone who has never had a client found guilty of a single charge at a General Court-Martial trial. View case results here.
The Article 32 Preliminary Hearing
Similar to the civilian grand jury, an independent Investigating Officer must conduct a full and thorough Article 32 Investigation. The key to this hearing is that it must be “full” and “thorough.” Many attorneys treat this hearing as a “check in the box” or sometimes even waive it in order to somehow get a better “deal” from the Government. Aaron Meyer has repeatedly used the Preliminary Article 32 Hearing to end the case. He uses the hearings to decompose the case and demonstrate the procedural and technical problems present.
During his time as an active duty Marine, Aaron Meyer transformed the way defense attorneys approached Article 32 hearings at Camp Pendleton, CA, the busiest trial venue in the Department of Defense. He saw that attorneys and investigating officers were not using the evidence and witness compulsion rights to the fullest extent prescribed by the Rules for Court-Martial, and he changed that.
Even if the evidence is strong enough to survive the Article 32 Hearing, Aaron Meyer ensures that your rights are fully leveraged to insure that we dig the government’s case up by the roots long before trial.
Amid the recent frenetic witch-hunt disguised as “sexual assault prevention,” politicians have sought to restrict your rights in an Article 32 Investigation. Now, more than ever, it is critical to have a knowledgeable and tenacious counsel at your side to make sure you enjoy the full extent of your rights.
The Article 32 hearing must be met with full force. It is critical to your defense. If the Article 32 Hearing reveals the case to be without merit, then there should be no General Court Martial. Aaron Meyer knows that if he is “trial-ready” at your Article 32 Hearing, he can potentially save you months, if not years, of heartache and purgatory as you await a GCM. For that reason, if General Court-Martial charges are contemplated, you must hire your civilian defense counsel as soon as possible.
Exercise All of Your Rights at a General Court-Martial
You are entitled to have the choice of whether your case is tried before a judge or a jury (member’s panel). A General Court Martial is governed by strict Military Rules of Evidence that generally mirror the Federal Rules of Evidence. However, in many ways, the Rules in a General Court-Martial, if used properly, give you more even more rights than in a civilian criminal court.
For instance, all military members in any court-martial are entitled to have the Government pay experts that are deemed necessary to present their theory of the case, whether the government has retained similar experts or not. Many military and civilian defense attorneys fail to exercise these critical rights to their fullest extent in General Courts-Martial, where every detail is critical. Aaron Meyer knows the nuances of military law on Expert assistance. He tirelessly searches for the right game-changing, honorable, and compassionate experts in your case. And he can effectively present matters and evidence to the Court in order to get the type of assistance other attorneys do not even consider.
Aaron Meyer Law Represents Military Members at General Courts-Martial involving any UCMJ charge, including:
- Drug Crime allegations under Article 112a
- Unauthorized Absence/Desertion/AWOL
- Sex Crime allegations under Article 120
- DUI/Drunk Driving allegations
- Theft and Financial Fraud allegations
- Domestic Violence allegations
- Violent Crime allegations
Get the Best Military Criminal Defense Attorney you can get on Your Side
Despite numerous full acquittals and dismissals, Aaron Meyer has never let one of his clients get a conviction in a contested General Court-Martial. While results in your particular case may never be guaranteed, Aaron Meyer knows how to aggressively defend military cases. The battle can be difficult, long, or uphill, but there can be hope when you have a lawyer doing everything possible to protect you. To find out how Aaron Meyer will start attacking the details of your case, build a close relationship with you, and commence the relentless fight, call us today at 949-388-3654 or fill out the form below for a free consultation.