The law is stacked against the accused, but we fight for you.
The military is facing unprecedented pressure to prosecute sexual assault cases very aggressively. This new approach makes it very difficult for accused people to get a fair trial, which is why it's extremely important to have an experienced civilian military defense attorney to ensure your rights are upheld.
Relying on misleading statistics, Congress, the White House, and the media have intimidated the military branches into creating policies that are specifically designed to raise the number of convictions in military sexual assault cases without regard to the effect this has on an accused service member's due process rights. Because of these policies, the truth is that allegations of sexual assault almost always end up being charged. Even more alarming than that is the incorrect legal information being taught in the training courses that leave potential jurors with the impression that any consumption of alcohol makes it impossible for someone to consent to sexual activity.
Regardless of how credible their story is, alleged victims of sexual assualt are given many rights that they are not afforded in the civilian sector. For example, they have their own appointed JAG attorney called Victims Legal Counsel, separate and distinct from the prosecutor or "trial counsel."
With all that said, it is relatively apparent that the law is stacked against service members accused of sexual assault. Although everyone is supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, that is not how it feels in reality. Between the increased political pressure to charge, prosecute, and convict military sexual assault cases and the erroneous information regarding alcohol and consent given in trainings, the threat of being found guilty is very real. Sexual assault allegations need to be taken very seriously because of the long-reaching implications of a conviction. These include possible sex offender registry as well as everything that comes with the stigma of being a convicted sex offender.
It is extremely important that you have a lawyer that is experienced in military criminal defense and all its nuances. The sooner in the process you contact an attorney, the better.
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