What should I do if I or a loved one has been convicted at court-martial?

You will be contacted by an attorney from the Defense Appellate Division for your service. If you are in confinement, the counselors can advise you as to how to contact that attorney.

You should consider whether you want to retain a civilian attorney to represent you. Every case is different, and some lawyers are more experienced at certain types of cases than others. Military defense counsels tend to carry heavier case loads than civilians, and it may be in your best interest to consult with civilian defense counsel. In addition, military defense counsel tend to leave their assignment before an appeal is completed, and you may find yourself with several different attorneys for your court-martial appeal.

William E. Cassara- Military Law Attorney

Recent Accomplishments

Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Reverses Navy-Marine Corps Court on Hazing Case

By William Cassara | May 14, 2021

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) recently published its opinion in United States v. Mader reversing a Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals decision in a case involving an NCO’s charged hazing of junior Marines. A Sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines was executing orders out of […]

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CAAF Reverses Army Court on Hearsay Ruling

By William Cassara | April 30, 2021

In June 2020, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals issued an opinion in United States v. Henry affirming the military judge’s decision to exclude four hearsay statements made by the alleged victim and her son. We discussed that opinion here. The government appealed the Army Court decision to the Court […]

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Army Court Reverses Conviction – ACCA Opinion U.S. v. Hannah

By William Cassara | April 24, 2021

We are thrilled to report that the Army Court of Criminal Appeals set aside and dismissed our client’s convictions for two specifications of sexual assault.  We argued that the military judge improperly created the appearance of bias in favor of the government because of her inappropriate conduct toward our client’s […]

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