Facing Military Investigation?
Counseling for Military Investigation Targets
What to Do if You Are Facing Military Investigation?
The first and seemingly most simple rule for targets facing military investigation is often times the most difficult for active military men and women: Talk to a lawyer immediately. We offer free consultations and genuinely have your best interest, as both a lawyer and ex-service member. However, during the course of military investigations, the commanding officers or personnel make targets of investigations feel as if they’re doing something wrong if they choose to seek outside counsel.
If you are facing military investigation, there’s no time to waste. Call Aden Wilkie of the Wilkie Law Firm as soon as possible. Located in Jacksonville, Wilkie serves the entire state of North Carolina as well as its surrounding states. He is also able to service any military installation located in the United States, but travel fees will apply. Call the Devil Dog Defender toll-free at 910-333-9626.
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Rule # 1: Stop talking
Don’t talk to the Command. Don’t talk to law enforcement. Don’t talk to your buddies at the barracks. Don’t talk to your mom, your dad, or your significant other. First, call an attorney!
Why? Two reasons:
- First, people like investigators, members of the command, buddies in the barracks may not have your best interest in mind – despite professing the contrary. And by speaking to them you may be giving them the evidence they are missing or give life to a dead or dying investigation.
- Second, confidentiality. A conversation between you and an attorney is confidential so whatever you say stays between you and that attorney – all other people can be compelled to talk (except maybe your spouse) and if they are not an experienced attorney they cannot respond with good, experienced advice.
Rule # 2: Keep your perspective
Being accused of doing something does not mean you are guilty. The government is a long way from proving their case against you and they may never get there. Seeking legal help from a qualified professional who can explain the process can reduce the anxiety/stress you feel from not knowing what is happening.
Rule # 3: Keep doing your job
One of the best things you can do when you are in “trouble” is to keep doing your job. Your chain of command is waiting for you to have a bad attitude, be late to work, or get caught doing something worse. So, don’t make it easy for them to make your charge sheet longer or possibly giving them an excuse to throw you in the brig.
Why? Two reasons:
- First, if you don’t develop an attitude and keep doing your job your immediate chain of command typically will leave you alone and not make your quality of life miserable.
- Second, if your case does go to trial, it makes it easier to find people at the command who have a positive attitude about you when cross-examined by your attorney and may be willing to testify on your behalf.
Rule # 4: Tell your attorney the whole truth
Your attorney’s ability to defend you is directly related to the amount and accuracy of the information you provide them. It is your case. You could go to jail, lose your retirement, lose your GI bill, lose your liberty, be saddled at a very young age with a lifetime stigma of a convicted felon or sex offender. You were there and know the facts better than anyone. Remember that anything you tell your attorney must be kept confidential by law under the attorney-client privilege. You need to hire an attorney you trust and provide them with all the details no matter how insignificant it seems so they can defend you.
Military Investigation Attorney in Jacksonville, NC
Aden Wilkie, the Devil Dog Defender, works with military members facing legal investigation. He is located in Jacksonville, NC and services armed forces at Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg as well as other bases, camps, stations, and posts in the U.S. If you’ve been informed that you are facing a military investigation, fill out our online contact form or call him at 910-333-9626 to schedule your initial consultation today.