A Military Defense Lawyer for the Fort Johnson Courtroom
Soldiers are tried by court-martial under the UCMJ at Fort Johnson, formerly known as Fort Polk, Louisiana. Fort Polk’s status as a training base for deploying Soldiers increases the number of investigations and potential trials by court-martial and making trials often especially unfair because of the media and higher command visibility, making an experienced civilian military defense lawyer the best option. In addition, Fort Polk’s remote location increases the number of false allegations by Soldiers who simply want an extradited transfer to a more desirable location.
Fort Johnson is the second largest employer in the state of Louisiana and has a huge economic impact on the entire state. Fort Polk is under the control of the Joint Readiness Training Center of the 4th Brigade. It is the only training center in the Army which both trains and deploys units for combat missions. Other tenant units at Fort Polk include a BCT of the 10th Mountain Division, the 115th Combat Support Hospital, the 162nd Infantry Brigade, the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, and the Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital. There are 9,300 active duty personnel at Fort Polk and 5,396 civilian workers.
The history of then Camp Polk began in 1941 when the post was constructed to prepare soldiers for war in North Africa, European and Pacific fronts. The war preparations were called the Louisiana Maneuvers and involved a half a million soldiers in 19 different Army Divisions. In addition to mass training of troops, Camp Polk was also a prisoner of war camp for captured Germans. In 1962 Fort Polk became a training center for Vietnam. Part of the land on the fort is marshy, dense with foliage and vegetation much like a jungle and this area became known as Tigerland.
At the Fort Polk courtroom, the deck is stacked against the accused Soldier. If you are tried at Polk your lawyers 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 Polk are personally trained by the more than ten expert civilian and military prosecutors at the Army’s Trial Counsel Advocacy Program at Fort Belvoir. In fact, on some cases the Army will even send these prosecutors to Polk to help prosecute you! Considering all of this, you will not receive a fair trial at Fort Polk. Your best chance is a very aggressive, experienced military defense lawyer who does not care 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 Polk
If you are facing UCMJ charges while stationed at Fort Polk, 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 Polk?
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 Polk 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 Polk 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 Polk 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.