You Need An Experienced Defense Lawyer When Facing A Court-Martial In Utah
If you are facing UCMJ charges while stationed in the state of Utah, you need the guidance of an experienced aggressive military defense lawyer. Cases here are often additionally unfair because of the scrutiny placed on them by higher command and due to the local media attention. The risk of unlawful command influence (UCI) is even greater when a service member here is suspected of a crime. Commanders have a great deal of media and higher command pressure on them to prosecute in these cases and the rights of the accused service member are often only an afterthought. Only the best aggressive military defense lawyer can even the playing field.
The Risks of a Military Court Martial in Utah
Criminal convictions during your military service can ruin all the awards you have received in your military record so far and end your military career with a punitive or negative discharge. Such a discharge can make it impossible to find employment that is in line with your qualifications even after your military career is over. Even worse, a court-martial conviction without the best possible military defense usually results in significant prison time for you and the loss of financial support for any family you may have. Not only do you lose your freedom but they lose your pay, your BAH and TriCare. To ensure that you mount the best defense when facing a military investigation and court-martial, you need an aggressive, experienced military defense lawyer in Utah.
Unlike many other defense lawyers, pleading guilty is an option of last resort with Freeburg Litigation. When we take a case, we force the military prosecutors to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. We take nearly every case to trial and fight the allegations in front of a military panel or judge (depending on which is the best tactic for your individual case). Our court martial outcomes speak for themselves. You and your future is our main concern. Our court martial lawyers will work on your case from day one, always fighting aggressively in court martial and administrative separation cases in the U.S. and worldwide. Call today to consult with an experienced military defense lawyer.
Why Call Freeburg Litigation, Aggressive UCMJ Lawyers in Utah?
The experienced military defense lawyers at Freeburg Litigation have earned a reputation for defending service members at military installations worldwide. If you are stationed in Utah and are suspected of a military crime, then having the most hard-hitting criminal defense lawyer can be the difference between getting convicted or winning your case. Our military criminal defense lawyers represent Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen in both UCMJ and administrative matters to include defending service members accused of sexual assault, murder, rape, child rape, fraud, theft and other offenses under the UCMJ, often receiving full acquittals or an acquittal on all of the serious charges with a very light sentence on the remaining charges.
After trying complex commercial cases in federal court in New York City, Nathan Freeburg entered active duty with the U.S. Army where he deployed to Iraq and practiced as a prosecutor, as a Division Chief of Military Justice, as a military defense attorney and then was handpicked to train and advise Army defense lawyers worldwide for the U.S. Army Defense Counsel Assistance Program. During his time on active duty, Nathan tried or consulted on the most well-known cases in military, some with worldwide recognition and developed an expertise in cross-examining alleged sexual assault victims, law enforcement agents and senior military commanders. Having defended service members for allegations in and out of the U.S., this aggressive Utah military defense lawyer has extensive experience handling different kinds of charges including sexual assault, murder, theft, rape, child pornography, Article 31, NJP, separation and discharge proceedings. If you are facing any kind of military legal problem, talk to Nathan Freeburg for experienced advice and the best aggressive military defense.
Contacting the Best Utah Military Defense Lawyer
Service members stationed in Utah deserve the best military lawyers to represent them at their court martial or administrative separation proceeding.
If you or a family member are stationed in Utah and are suspected of a military offense such as sex assault or if you are facing an administrative separation, Article 15, show cause board, letter of reprimand or GOMOR, then call our military defense lawyers immediately.
Military Courtrooms in Utah
Although only a couple military bases are located in Utah, many residents of Utah have entered the U.S. military and are subject to the UCMJ wherever they are located. Freeburg Litigation both defends military cases in Utah and also defends Utah residents in the military wherever they are located.
Military Installations Currently Under the UCMJ Where a Military Defense Lawyer Could Be Needed
How Military Trials Under the UCMJ Began at Dugway Proving Ground
As one of the largest military facilities in the United States of America, Dugway Proving Ground covers more than 800,000 acres and covers a huge area of the Salt Lake Desert as a massive training range. As World War II was approaching, the U.S. military needed a wide area to test more powerful weapons. While searching around the West Coast for a proper place, the officials decided on this desert. By 1942, the training sessions began. During World War II, Dugway Proving Ground tested chemical sprays, flamethrowers, biological agents, various antidotes and protective equipments and even fire bombing.
Although most Dugway Proving Ground personnel are civilians today, the small contingent of uniformed American military are still at risk of court-martial by the mere fact of being on active duty. In addition, service members and retirees who were stationed at Dugway in the past are still at risk of being court-martialed for alleged crimes during their time there. (For example, service members are currently being court-martialed for alleged crimes in the 1980’s at bases that no longer exist.)
The Dugway Proving Ground Courtroom
Today, a Soldier charged under the UCMJ at Dugway would likely be tried by court martial at another Army post.
How Military Trials Under the UCMJ Began at Toole Army Depot
The Tooele Army Depot (TEAD) is found approximately 22 miles south of the Great Salt Lake and 40 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. The Depot is bordered to the east by the city of Tooele and western slopes of the Oquirrh Mountains and to the west by the Stansbury Mountains and Great Salt Desert. The Toole Army Depot facility lies on 23,610 acres of high desert land and has 1,093 structures including 902 secure ammunition storage igloos. The base employs a mixture of mostly civilian employees and a few military personnel with a military base commander.
The Tooele Army Depot was established in 1942 and designated as the Tooele Ordinance Depot with the function of storing supplies, vehicles and ammunition for World War II forces in Europe and the Pacific. Following World War II the Toole Army Depot expanded to take control of the Deseret Chemical Depot which had been previous referred to as the “South Area”.
Although most Tooele personnel are civilians today, the small contingent of uniformed American military are still at risk of court-martial by the mere fact of being on active duty. In addition, service members and retirees who were stationed at Tooele Army Depot in the past are still at risk of being court-martialed for alleged crimes during their time there. (For example, service members are currently being court-martialed for alleged crimes in the 1980’s at bases that no longer exist.)
The Tooele Army Depot Courtroom
Today, a Soldier charged under the UCMJ at Tooele would likely be tried by court martial at another Army post.
The Hill Air Force Base Courtroom