You Need An Experienced Defense Lawyer When Facing A Court-Martial In Maryland
If you are facing UCMJ charges while stationed in Maryland, 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 and the proximity to Washington, D.C. 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 Maryland
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 Maryland.
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 Maryland?
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 Maryland 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 Maryland 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 Maryland Military Defense Lawyer
Service members stationed in Maryland 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 Maryland 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 Maryland
The state of Maryland has a military history dating back to the American Revolution. Today, Maryland hosts many of the most notable bases in the U.S. military, including the U.S. Naval Academy. Not only are multiple military bases located in Maryland but many residents of Maryland have entered the U.S. military and are subject to the UCMJ wherever they are located. Freeburg Litigation both defends military cases in Maryland and also defends Maryland 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 Aberdeen Proving Ground
Aberdeen Proving Ground is an U.S. Army post located in Harford County, Maryland. Aberdeen Proving Ground was built in 1917 and its first objective was to build, test and prepare ordnance and associated equipment close to shipping and industrial areas. Expanded during World War II, it hosted basic training activities through the 1990’s, culminating in allegations of sexual assault by drill instructors on female trainees.
The Aberdeen Proving Ground Courtroom
Today, a Soldier charged under the UCMJ could be tried by court martial at either Aberdeen or at the nearby Fort Meade with a Judge from the Military District of Washington.
How Military Trials Under the UCMJ Began at Fort Detrick
Built as a biological weapons research center, Fort Detrick also deals with regular medical operations and pathogen studies. Beginning as an airfield, in 1943 Fort Detrick hosted its first biological laboratories for research and development.
Although most Fort Detrick 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 Fort Detrick 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 Fort Detrick Courtroom
Today, a Soldier charged under the UCMJ at Fort Detrick would likely be tried by court martial at a nearby Army post such as Fort Belvoir.
How Military Trials Under the UCMJ Began at Fort Meade
How Military Trials Under the UCMJ Began at Patuxent River
Naval Air Station Patuxent River is often referred to as NAS Pax River. Located in the southern part of Maryland, in Saint Mary’s County, the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School is on site. Established on April, 1st, 1943, as a naval air field, today it is much smaller than its World War II origins.
The Patuxent River Courtroom
Today, a Sailor or aviator charged under the UCMJ at NAS Pax River would likely be tried by court martial at the nearby Washington Navy Yard.
How Military Trials Under the UCMJ Began at the U.S. Naval Academy
How Military Trials Under the UCMJ Began at Walter Reed
Walter Reed is actually a combination of the old Army medical center of Walter Reed and the Navy’s Bethesda Medical History. Now in a combined location across the street from the National Institute of Health (NIH), the center dates its origins (and UCMJ jurisdiction) to the establishment of a military hospital at Fort McNair during the Civil War.
The Walter Reed Courtroom
Due to some incidents involving patient care at the “old” Walter Reed, as well as regular visits from the President of the United States as well as other politicians, investigations and cases at Walter Reed have a great deal of higher command scrutiny. A court martial involving Walter Reed would likely not take place at Walter Reed but rather at another post from the service of the accused service member (such as the Navy Yard or Fort Belvoir).
How Military Trials Under the UCMJ Began at Naval Support Activity Annapolis
Naval Support Activity Annapolis is a military installation operated by the United States Navy in Maryland, on the Severn River. Opened in 1911, NSA Annapolis hosted the first naval air station and UCMJ jurisdiction began over the base.
Expanded for World War II, it dropped in size after and today mainly serves to support the U.S. Naval Academy.
The NSA Annapolis Courtroom
Today, a Sailor charged under the UCMJ at NSA Annapolis would likely be tried by court martial at the nearby Washington Navy Yard.
How Military Trials Under the UCMJ Began at Naval Support Facility Indian Head
Naval Support Facility Indian Head is located on the Potomac River, in Charles County, Maryland. The base spreads over almost 3,500 acres and includes multiple testing ranges for various weapons. The installation works in a tight collaboration with the Dahlgren, Virginia, location of the Naval Surface Weapon Center.
Although most Indian Head 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 Indian Head 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.)