Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen are often punished by their superiors and peers prior to even being found guilty at a court-martial. This is very common and also very wrong. In the military, servicemembers live in close quarters. So, as soon as someone is alleged to have committed a crime or has court-martial charges preferred against them, the rumors spread like wildfire. If that servicemember is not confined then they might be surrounded by other servicemembers who presume that they are guilty and begin treating him or her like a criminal. For this reason, a servicemember may be subject to all kinds of punishment prior to their court-martial. This punishment can range from public ridicule to physical abuse. What you need to know is that this type of punishment is prohibited under Article 13 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. You are innocent until proven guilty at a court-martial. If you are being punished prior to your trial in this way, you may be able to get some relief during your court-martial. I can help you try to get this pre court-martial punishment stopped now and try to get you some relief for the punishment you have already endured. To speak to an experienced court-martial and military defense attorney, call Bill Cassara at 706-860 5769 for a free consultation.
By William Cassara | September 3, 2020
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