Article 32 Investigations Lawyers
The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) stipulates different levels of seriousness of infractions:
- Administrative separation, involuntary discharge from service for misconduct
- Nonjudicial punishment, decided by commanding officers for minor offenses
- Summary court-martial, in which one commissioned officer may try enlisted personnel for noncapital offenses
- Special court-martial, sometimes characterized as a misdemeanor court, consisting at least three members and a military judge
- General court-martial, generally considered to be the felony court, consisting of at least five members and a military judge. The accused may request trial by a military judge alone.
- A general court-martial, often characterized as the felony court
Of these, the general court-martial is the most serious. Before a defendant can be referred to a general court-martial, however, an Article 32 hearing must be held to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to pursue a general court-martial.
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Knowledgeable Military Criminal Defense
If you must face an Article 32 hearing, you will be tested by an investigating officer. Your chances of avoiding general court-martial improve noticeably if you are defended by counsel that understands the Article 32 format and is comfortable with military law.
We handle military criminal defense cases at bases around the world. We have defended clients at Andrews Air Force Base, Fort Meade, the Washington Navy Yard, and at bases in and around San Diego, California; Norfolk, Virginia; and Albuquerque, New Mexico (Kirtland AFB).
Founding attorney J. Dennis Murphy Jr., served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG), prosecuting federal cases. Mr. Murphy has broad knowledge of the law and court protocols. He is respected wherever he goes as an officer who knows the military, and which defenses succeed and which ones fail.
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Your future in the service depends on the outcome of your Article 32 investigation. It is not something to go into blindly or undefended. If you are under investigation, put experience and knowledge of the law on your side.
We represent military personnel at Fort Meade, the Washington Navy Yard and Andrews Air Force Base. We handle cases arising at bases around the world, including San Diego, California; Norfolk, Virginia; and Albuquerque, New Mexico (Kirtland Air Force Base). We have defended military cases as far away as Australia and Guam.