Article 15 Military Criminal Defense

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An Article 15 or Captain’s Mast is a non-judicial punishment(NJP) determined by a commander or other superior officer in an informal proceeding. Article 15 offenses are generally not serious, such as a minor theft or DUI but you may still be at risk of an Administrative Separation or dishonorable discharge. Though you do not have the right to be represented by an attorney in an Article 15 or NJP proceeding, an experienced court-martial lawyer from the firm may be able to help you to determine a strategy to lessen the severity of any penalties that might be imposed, or help you make an informed decision of whether you should accept the punishment or demand trial by court-martial.

Types Of Punishment You May Face 

Every situation is different; therefore punishments vary, however common punishments include:

  • Loss of Pay
  • Reduction in Rank
  • Reprimands
  • Restriction to Military Quarters
  • Extra duties

It is important for our local military personnel to remember that if you refuse an Article 15, you can be represented by a civilian lawyer throughout the proceedings. As your legal counsel, our team will advise you of the preliminary steps before you submit to an Article 15.

Why Choose The Carlson Law Firm

The Carlson Law Firm is a veteran-owned and veteran-operated law firm. Many of our firm’s partners and associates are former JAG officers, who all have extensive knowledge of the military criminal system. You can trust our founding military criminal defense attorneys understand the unique challenges you are up against. Too often we hear from military members who mistakenly accepted such punishment. Accepting NJP or an Article 15 is often a mistake. We are ready to counsel you as to the best course of action for you and your military career.

Contact The Carlson Law Firm today for a free consultation with a member of our Military Criminal Defense team.


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