A Military Defense Lawyer for the Quantico Courtroom

Marines are tried by court-martial under the UCMJ at Quantico.  Marine Corps Base Quantico is a United States Marine Corps training installation located near Triangle, Virginia, covering nearly 55,148 acres of southern Prince William County, Virginia, northern Stafford County, and southeastern Fauquier County, and about a half hour drive from Washington D.C. The base is also home to numerous federal law enforcement agencies including the FBI and DEA academies, the FBI Laboratory and most importantly, the NCIS, CID and OSI headquarters (the criminal investigators for the Navy and Marine Corps, the Army and the Air Force).  On May 14, 1917 then Commandant of the Marine Corps, Brigadier General George Barnett, established the Marine Barracks Quantico with 4 officers and 91 enlisted men as a training location. In the 1920’s, Marine Barracks Quantico was the site of amphibious warfare tactical development and close-air support tactics and techniques for ground troop support. Marine Barracks Quantico became the headquarters for Fleet Marine Force operations and in anticipation of hostilities in the Pacific the base perfected the tactics and equipment needed for an amphibious war. In 1941 the headquarters of the Fleet Marine Force were moved from Quantico and the main focus of the base shifted from tactical training to education of Marines with an emphasis on new officers. During World War II over 15,000 2nd lieutenants were trained at Quantico and sent into the Pacific Theater. In 1947 Marines at Quantico developed the idea of using helicopters to transport Marines from ship to shore and established Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1). Helicopter transport and combat techniques that would later be vital in the Korean and Vietnam War were developed and perfected by Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 at Quantico.
In 1968 the Marine Corps Development and Education Command was established at Quantico. In 1987 the Marine Corps Combat Development Command was established at Quantico. In 1998 Marine Corps Base Quantico expanded with the addition of Marine Corps Recruiting Command and Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Today, Marine Base Quantico is the first stop for all new officers entering the Marine Corps starting with Officer Candidate School (OCS) and then The Basic School (TBS).

Courts-martial at Quantico tend to have extra media scrutiny because of the proximity to Washington, D.C. These cases are often especially unfair because of the media and higher command scrutiny on them, making an experienced civilian military defense lawyer the best option. In the Quantico courtroom, the deck is stacked against the accused Marine. If you are tried at Quantico your lawyers and paralegals will be outnumbered and the commanding general who sends the case against you to trial will personally pick the members of the jury. As if this isn’t enough, they won’t even have to reach an unanimous verdict to convict you (unlike civilian court). The prosecutors will have all the money for experts and investigators they want but your defense lawyer will have to give your case strategy in order to ask the prosecution to fund your own defense experts (and they can and usually do deny your experts anyway). The prosecutors will work hand in glove with NCIS to convict you, and NCIS will refuse to look at any evidence that may show your innocence. Sometimes the prosecutors will add on minor charges like being late to work (called a “Failure to Report” or FTR) just so the Marine Corps can say you were convicted, even if you are somehow acquitted on the serious accusations. The investigators at Quantico are from the NCIS headquarters and are their best agents. Considering all of this, you will not receive a fair trial at Quantico. Your best chance is a very aggressive, experienced military defense lawyer who cares not about his or her career, but only about winning your case.

You Need The Best Court Martial Defense Lawyer When Facing A Court Martial At Quantico

If you are facing UCMJ charges while stationed at Quantico, you need the guidance of an experienced aggressive military defense lawyer.

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 court martial lawyer.

Unlike many other military 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.

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Why Call Nathan Freeburg, An Aggressive UCMJ Lawyer at Quantico?

This experienced military defense lawyer at Freeburg Litigation has earned a reputation for defending service members at military installations worldwide. If you 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. This military criminal defense lawyer represents 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 Quantico 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 Quantico Court Martial Lawyer

Service members deserve the best military lawyers to represent them at their court martial or administrative separation proceeding. If you or a family member are stationed at Quantico 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 Nathan Freeburg immediately toll-free at 1-833-BEST-JAG.