You Need An Experienced Defense Lawyer When Facing A Court-Martial In Massachusetts
If you are facing UCMJ charges while stationed in the state of Massachusetts, 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 Massachusetts
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 Massachusetts.
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 Massachusetts?
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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts Military Defense Lawyer
Service members stationed in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 at 1-833-BEST-JAG.
Military Courtrooms in Massachusetts
The state of Massachusetts has a military history dating back to the American Revolution. Not only are multiple military bases located in Massachusetts but many residents of Massachusetts have entered the U.S. military and are subject to the UCMJ wherever they are located. Freeburg Litigation both defends military cases in Massachusetts and also defends Massachusetts 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 Fort Devens
Fort Devens is spread over 5,000 acres and is part of two different cities – Shirley and Ayer. Named for Charles Devens, a Civil War hero, Fort Devens and its courtroom were closed as an active duty base in 1995. Since then, it has functioned as a reserve training base. Originally known as Camp Devens, it was opened in 1917 as a mobilization center for World War I with UCMJ jurisdiction beginning then.
Only a small contingent of active duty Soldiers are likely to be at Devens today. However, they are still at risk of court-martial by the mere fact of being on active duty. In addition, any reservists who are mobilized into Title 10 Active status are subject to court martial under the UCMJ.
The Fort Devens Courtroom
Active duty Soldiers or Army reservists who are mobilized in Title 10 status are subject to court martial under the UCMJ at another Army post.
How Military Trials Under the UCMJ Began at the Natick Soldier Systems Center
The Soldier Systems Center is operated by the Department of Defense and is located in Natick, in the eastern part of Massachusetts. The Soldier Systems Center works on uniforms, parachutes, food preservation and so forth. The construction of the Soldier Systems Center was approved in 1949, and it was established as the Quartermaster Research Facility with UCMJ jurisdiction beginning then.
Although most Soldier Systems Center 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 the Soldier Systems Center 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 Soldier Systems Center Courtroom
A court martial involving the Soldier Systems Center would likely take place at another Army post.
How Military Trials Under the UCMJ Began at Hanscom Air Force Base
Hanscom Air Force Base is located approximately two miles from Bedford, Massachusetts and named for Laurence G. Hanscom, a local Worcester pilot and reporter who was killed in a plane crash in 1941. vHanscom Air Force Base falls under the control of Air Force Material Command as a research center but is also used by civilians as Hanscom Field. Hanscom Air Force Base began as Bedford Airfield. Immediately following the US entrance into World War II, the US War Department took over Bedford Airfield and it became home to the US Army Air Corps 85th Fighter Squadron with UCMJ jurisdiction beginning then. Today, Hanscom Air Force Base is home to the Electronic Systems Center.
Although most Hanscom Air Force Base 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 Hanscom 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 Hanscom Air Force Base Courtroom
A court martial involving Hanscom Air Force Base would likely take place at another Air Force base.