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 computer crimes or any military offenses involving computers or the internet, 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.
The Internet is an overwhelmingly positive force in our society, but unfortunately it has brought with it new ways to get in serious trouble. There are people sitting in prison today whose offenses were committed as they sat in front of their computer. It is tempting to imagine that what people do in the privacy of their own homes is their own business, but the truth is that serious financial, terrorism, and sex-related crimes can be executed with little more than a laptop and a DSL connection. These computer crimes are common, and so are investigations that may or may not be handled properly.
Child pornography, in particular, is almost exclusively distributed through the internet. If you have been apprehended or otherwise charged with possession or distribution of this kind of material, the penalties can be severe — including sex offender registration for life in many cases. Needless to say, it’s also a military career-ender.
It is critical to hire the right civilian counsel as your military defense lawyer with the experience to go over the government’s technical evidence to expose its weaknesses, particularly in highly-technical computer crimes cases. The government has to prove not only that a crime was committed, but that they have charged the right person with committing it. Many times, they try to do this without sufficient evidence.
I have extensive experience in defending child pornography cases and other computer crimes, and I know how to find the weaknesses in cases that might look airtight. If you are being investigated for a military computer crime, invoke your 31(b) rights and don’t make any statement! But whether you make a statement or not, contact my office for a free consultation.