Senator Claire McCaskill and Senator Kelly Ayotte are working hard on their military sexual assault amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). A recent USA Today article states that in addition to stripping commanders of their ability to overturn convictions, assigning independent attorneys to alleged victims and other similar amendments, these amendments may also make some serious changes to the sentencing phase of a sexual assault court-martial. First, the amendments may direct that a servicemember convicted of a sexual assault crime not be given the opportunity to present evidence about his service record during the sentencing phase of a court martial. Second, these amendments may direct that a servicemember convicted of a sexual assault crime be sentenced, at a minimum, to a Dishonorable Discharge from the military. This amendment would represent the first and only “minimum” sentence requirement in the UCMJ. These amendments are serious and directly affect you if you or your loved one is facing charges for sexual assault in the military. You should not wait to hire an aggressive attorney with experience and vast knowledge in this area of the law. Call me now. I can help. To speak to an experienced court-martial and military defense attorney, call Bill Cassara at 706-860-5769 for a free consultation.