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Know Your Rights

Your Rights! – Don't Waive Them!

Right to Silence Right to talk to a lawyer Right to terminate or stop an interrogation Right to leave the interrogation Right to say “No” to a request for permission to search 1. Are you a military member (active, Reserve, Guard, discharged, or retired) who is under investigation, suspicion, or prosecution? Or, do you suspect […]

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What should I do if I am suspected of a crime in the military?

Do not speak to anyone except an attorney. Immediately go to your base legal office, and speak to a defense attorney. You may also want to contact a civilian attorney with experience in courts-martial. Mr. Cassara has represented service members at court-martial before all the services. Contact him for a free confidential consultation.

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What if the military command wants to search my property?

You have the right to refuse to consent to the search. Although your commander or the investigators may not tell you of this right, it is still your right. Under no circumstances should you consent to a search. Make them get a warrant or command authorization. If you have consented to a search, you have […]

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What are your Article 31 UCMJ rights?

1. No one subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice may compel any person to incriminate himself or to answer any question the answer that may tend to incriminate him. 2. No person subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice may interrogate, or request any statement from a person suspected of an offense without first informing him […]

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What is your right against self-incrimination in the Military?

The military justice system provides an accused rights and due process that in many ways are superior to those provided a defendant in civilian criminal courts. Pursuant to Article 31, Uniform Code of Military Justice (Section 831 of Title 10, United States Code), service members have a right against self-incrimination and an entitlement to be […]

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What is your right to counsel in the Military?

A military defense counsel is provided free of charge regardless of the accused’s ability to pay. You should immediately contact the defense counsel on your base if you are suspected of a crime. In the Army, it is the Trial Defense Service. In the Air Force, it is the Area Defense Counsel. In the Navy […]

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