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

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CAAF Sets Aside Sentence in Case After Improper Argument by Prosecutors

By William Cassara | February 25, 2021

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces [CAAF] released a decision in United States v. Norwood on February 24, 2021. Petty Officer Norwood’s niece alleged that he had sexually abused her. At trial, the prosecutors made several improper and inflammatory arguments to the members. Prosecutors can make strong arguments […]

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Supreme Court Reverses CAAF on Statute of Limitations in Military Rape Cases

By William Cassara | February 1, 2021

From 1986 to 2006, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) listed several offenses as eligible for the death penalty. One of those offenses was rape of an adult. The UCMJ stated that offenses “punishable by death” had no statute of limitations. This meant that these types of cases could […]

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Navy Discharge Review Board Gives Navy NCO Great Result

By William Cassara | January 11, 2021

The Navy Discharge Review Board recently amended our client’s DD-214 to allow him to reenlist and continue his 16 year career.

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