UCMJ Investigation

Are you under a UCMJ investigation? Has someone accused you of a crime? Is your command trying to “get to the bottom of it” by starting a preliminary investigation or command investigation? Even worse, did your command direct you to speak with a law enforcement agent?

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Kevin Courtney Law can help anyone undergoing a criminal or administrative investigation in the military. There are three important rights any service member should know.

  • The law allows everyone the right to remain silent. You do not have to talk to law enforcement or the command.
  • The law allows everyone the right to speak with an attorney. When you unequivocally ask to speak with an attorney, all questions must stop!
  • See bullet point #1 — no one can force you to talk.

Discuss your rights with a UCMJ Investigation attorney today.

Law enforcement wants to speak with you. What do you do?

If a military law enforcement agent is conducting a UCMJ investigation into you, get help fast. Imagine being “invited” into a windowless room where two trained agents start with small talk. Then after the pleasantries, the agents act curious and ask for your help to better understand the situation. The agents then turn the table after you have said a few things and you realize they have been looking into this for hours, days, or even weeks before talking with you.

Have you said too much? Probably. The military is not interested in helping prove service members innocent — that’s the job of a private investigator hired as part of your defense team with Kevin Courtney Law. Instead, the law enforcement agent is trying to prove the UCMJ investigation was worth the time and effort.

Hire an attorney to help with the UCMJ Investigation.

Instead of walking into the windowless room alone, speak with an attorney and decide what your best strategy is. It could look like the attorney speaking with the agent in advance to set the limits of the discussion. It could be a powerful notice of representation letter indicating you are going to fight this allegation. At. Every. Step.

Too many cases are opened and closed quickly because the service member decided to talk during the investigation. Even when military members believe they can explain their way around the situation, they will admit to something else.

For example, if a service member is accused of stealing money at a barracks party they may disclose they were no where near the party because they were traveling. When the agent asks, “Where were you traveling?”, the service member responds with “I was in Canada. That’s no where close to Camp Pendleton!”

This person walked right into a new charge — violation of a lawful general order (Article 92). Why? Because this person never got approved international leave and the command now focuses on an NJP for unauthorized international leave rather than stealing money.

It is never too early to speak with an attorney about an investigation. But it can often be too late. Don’t wait and make a mistake. Schedule a call today to speak with an attorney about your UCMJ Investigation.