As a civilian attorney practicing as a military lawyer in courts-martial, I defend service members in all branches — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard — who are accused of military child abuse cases, such as physical or sexual abuse and child neglect, and facing legal actions such as court-martial, Article 32 investigation, Article 15 nonjudicial punishment (also known as NJP, captain’s mast, or office hours), and administrative separations. My law office is centrally located in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area, which allows easy access to every military base in CONUS, as well as around the globe.
Child abuse allegations can take many forms – physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect being the main three. What many people don’t know, and what you may now be finding out the hard way, is that child abuse allegations often grow from mere suspicion, with no solid evidence. Normal bumps and bruises can be misinterpreted as “suspicious” by overzealous witnesses (well-meaning people or not), law enforcement, or a spouse seeking an advantage in a marriage that may be breaking up. And even proper, lawful parental discipline can be viewed by government investigators as abuse or neglect. Service members accused of military child abuse cases often must also contend with aggressive social workers working for base “family advocacy” organizations, which funnel all of their information directly to law enforcement. This is a deck that is well and truly stacked against the accused.
Sexual abuse allegations are quickly viewed as “true” by government actors before a full investigation ever takes place. A young child influenced by a custody battle or a troubled teen seeking attention might be treated as ironclad truth tellers without any attempt to dig deeper to confirm what they’re saying. As a former child abuse investigator in Texas, I have seen firsthand how the system operates to grind down a suspect, both in the administrative CPS arena and in the criminal courts.
When accused in a military child abuse case, there is no time to waste in retaining experienced counsel to defend you. These allegations are often extremely complex and the process always seeks to take advantage of what you DON’T know. So invoke your 31(b) rights, and don’t make any statement! Contact me now for a free consultation if you’re under investigation or charges for alleged child abuse, or any other type of military crime.