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Military SPECIAL COURT-MARTIAL Criminal Lawyers

A court martial is a disciplinary proceeding for a U.S. service member. Even though it’s handled through the armed services, a court martial conviction can bring incarceration. In many cases, a special court martial is similar to facing a misdemeanor charge. In addition to jail time, you can receive a demotion, forfeiture of pay and even a dishonorable discharge from your service.

Types of court martial proceedings

The military has several different proceedings to handle discipline of its service members. These things can cover actions that would be crimes if they were handled by a civilian criminal court. In addition to crimes, the military uses the court martial proceeding to punish violations of internal rules. In both circumstances, a finding of guilty can result in a wide array of punishments and penalties.

The least serious offenses start with a summary court martial proceeding. This proceeding isn’t as formal as a traditional court case. However, the consequences can be serious. The most serious offenses go to a general court martial. The consequences for a conviction of a general court martial can include years in prison.

In the middle, there’s a special court martial. In most cases, it’s the equivalent of facing a misdemeanor charge. While this is a serious proceeding with potentially serious consequences, there are a lot of things that a special court martial attorney can do to help.

What happens at a special court martial

When you face a special court martial, you must be prepared to defend it like you would defend any other criminal charge. That means preparing evidence for trial. Your attorney can file paperwork to demand to know the state’s evidence against you.

Your attorney can also take advantage of pretrial motions that can ask the court to keep out evidence that’s unfair to admit against you. This can ensure that the panel of jurors decides the case based only on fair evidence. During this time, your attorney can approach the military’s attorneys to ask for dismissal of the case, or they can continue to negotiate a plea resolution.

If you’re unable to reach a resolution to dismiss the case or enter a guilty plea, it proceeds to a trial. A judge oversees the trial proceeding, and a panel of jurors decides the case. The trial consists of opening statements, closing statements, witnesses and other evidence. The judge gives the jury instructions after they hear all of the evidence.

Unlike a civilian criminal proceeding, a guilty verdict doesn’t have to be unanimous. Instead, 2/3 of the panel can vote to find you guilty. If you’re convicted, you have the opportunity to pursue an appeal. In serious cases, your appeal is automatic.

If you’re convicted, you have a chance to address the court before sentencing. This is your chance to show the judge why you believe a particular penalty is the most fair. Sentencing is usually immediate after the panel reaches a verdict.

How an attorney can advocate for you

Even though charges in a special court martial are serious, there are a lot of things that your attorney can do to help you reach the best possible outcome. Most importantly, they can help you look at the entire situation and consider all of the potential consequences. They can look at every angle in order to help you decide if you want to take the case to trial or if you want to pursue a non-trial resolution.

You may be able to negotiate a resolution that’s acceptable to you before your case even moves through the pretrial process. You might negotiate a plea offer, or you may be able to present evidence to the military’s attorneys to convince them that you’re not guilty of the charges against you. If you’re able to reach a resolution, you don’t have a trial in your case.

Your number one priority might be to avoid a dishonorable discharge. On the other hand, you may be most interested in continuing your military career. Whatever your priorities, your special court martial attorney can help you make a plan to meet your objectives. Working with an experienced attorney helps you know that you’re doing everything that you possibly can to fend off the charges against you and reach the best possible result.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
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My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
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Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
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Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
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I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
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I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
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I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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