While not as serious as a court-martial, an Article 15 proceeding can have serious consequences on your military career if not taken seriously. Any punishment can even be included in your service record.
Few attorneys in North Carolina better understand Article 15 hearings and their implications than Gregg Illikainen, our military law attorney here at Miller & Illikainen. A former serviceman with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he understands what is at stake and is ready to aggressively defend you against accusations such as:
- Impaired driving or drug possession
- Dereliction of duty
- Absent without leave
- Assault (for example, a bar fight after close)
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Also known as "non-judicial punishment," Article 15 proceedings allow commanders to impose discipline on soldiers outside of the court for certain violations. Punishments can include a reduction in rank, loss of pay, extra duties and restrictions.
When your commander notifies you that he or she intends to impose punishment, you have the right to a hearing, in which you can present evidence and call witnesses. You are also entitled to have a lawyer.
In most circumstances, such as if you are stationed at Fort Bragg, you are entitled to refuse an Article 15 hearing. But you must realize that your commander could then recommend courts-martial. It is important that you do not make such a drastic decision without first consulting with an attorney who understands the intricacies of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the military judicial system.
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Work with lawyers dedicated to giving you the best chance to resume your military career in a positive way. Email or call our Fayetteville office today to learn more.