A Military Defense Lawyer for the Fort Belvoir Courtroom
Soldiers are tried by court-martial under the UCMJ at Fort Belvoir. Fort Belvoir has one courtroom used for military trials that is relatively busy because cases from the Pentagon, Fort Myer, Fort McNair and throughout the National Capital Region are often tried at Fort Belvoir. Courts-martial at Fort Belvoir tend to have unusually senior defendants because of the demographics of the Military District of Washington. Military Justice cases with senior clients 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 fact, the Army Special Victims Prosecutor at Fort Belvoir is usually a lieutenant colonel!
The Belvoir Plantation was the original home of William Fairfax. The land was purchased in 1738 and the family mansion was built in 1740. After the home was destroyed by fire in 1783 the family did not rebuilt. The mansion remains and nearby family graves are listed as Historic Places. The land was transferred to the War Department in 1912. In 1915 Camp Belvoir was established as a rifle range and training camp. The name was changed to Camp A.A. Humphreys in 1917 when the Corps of Engineers trained engineer replacements for World War I on the site. The name then changed to Fort Belvoir in 1930 to honor the Fairfax family plantation, Belvoir. Today Fort Belvoir continues to serve as a strategic sustaining base as part of the National Capital Region District of the Installation Management Command for numerous operational matters.
Fort Belvoir has a global responsibility to operate and maintain the installation to support and service the residing 130 agencies with goals and objectives to protect the nation’s defense strategy. The base executes mobilization requirements, military operations, and contingency, force protection, and intelligence missions that support unit readiness and Army transformation. Major organizational units comprise representation from across the entire federal government. The majority of the organizations are housed at Fort Belvoir with several satellite activities housed in neighboring communities.
Fort Belvoir occupies the entire 8658 acres from the original Belvoir Plantation. As of the end of 2011, including population growth from incoming BRAC organizations, is 111,000, composed of Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard personnel from all services, other Federal organizations, family members and civilian employees.
At the Fort Belvoir courtroom, the deck is stacked against the accused Soldier. If you are tried at Fort Belvoir your attorneys and paralegals will be outnumbered 6 to 1 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 CID to convict you, and CID 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 Army can say you were convicted, even if you are somehow acquitted on the serious accusations. The prosecutors at Fort Belvoir are personally trained by the more than ten expert civilian and military prosecutors at the Army’s Trial Counsel Assistance Program. Not only do these experts hold multiple training courses for Army prosecutors, but they are actually based at Fort Belvoir! Considering all of this, you will not receive a fair trial at Fort Belvoir. 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 Fort Belvoir
If you are facing UCMJ charges while stationed at Fort Belvoir, 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.
Why Call Nathan Freeburg, An Aggressive UCMJ Lawyer at Fort Belvoir?
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 Fort Belvoir 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 Fort Belvoir 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 Fort Belvoir 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.