From our office in New Bern, North Carolina, the accomplished military defense attorneys of Greene Crow & Smith, P.A. fight vigorously to defend the rights of service members. If you find yourself under investigation, notified of administrative separation or charged at a court-martial, you need the specialized legal counsel our dedicated professionals can provide. Our extensive knowledge of military law and experience in the military justice system will give you the edge you are looking for to obtain a positive outcome.
If you are arrested for a crime committed out in town, you will be prosecuted by the state of North Carolina. You will also face consequences in the military for the same alleged misconduct. Because of such complexities, it is not enough to have a defense attorney who is only capable in civilian or military court. This is why you need Greene Crow & Smith. Contact us now — we have experience in both.
Cases in Which Our Legal Team Will Provide Military Defense
Our military lawyers are well-prepared to represent you at:
Special and General Courts-Martial Military Defense
There are several types of courts-martial, depending on the severity of the charges against you.
We have the understanding of all types and the well-honed legal tools to protect you no matter what the circumstances.
Enlisted Administrative Separation Boards (AdSep)
The reason you are brought before an Adsep Board is that your commander is trying to separate you from the service with a less-than-honorable discharge. We will fight aggressively to enable you to continue serving in the military. If you are discharged, our goal is to ensure you receive the best characterization of service possible.
Officer Boards of Inquiry (BOI)
A Military Board of Inquiry (BOI) is the officer equivalent of an enlisted administrative separation board. It is the last step in the long and confusing officer misconduct process. Do not wait until the General sends your case to a BOI to contact us.
Command Investigations Military Defense
A command investigation is typically conducted by an officer whose job is to uncover facts and circumstances related to misconduct. This officer must then create a written report and brief the commanding officer on his or her findings. If you are under investigation, contact us immediately.
Naval Criminal Investigative Service is the civilian federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating felony crimes, preventing terrorism, and protecting secrets for the Navy and Marine Corps. NCIS is a civilian-run agency headed by a civilian law enforcement officer who reports directly to the Secretary of the Navy. If NCIS wants to talk to you, you are most likely suspected of a major violation of the UCMJ. Their job is to build a case against you. Do not speak to NCIS without first consulting with us.
When NCIS begins an investigation into your alleged misconduct, you may be under investigation for a year before military prosecutors charge you with a crime. During that year, it is imperative that you have experienced legal counsel while they are building their case.
Article 15/NJP Counseling
Every branch of the military allows your command to use nonjudicial punishment (NJP) when you are accused of a minor violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). When you are offered the opportunity to have such a hearing, you can accept or refuse. If you refuse NJP, your Commander can send the case to a Court-Martial, initiate administrative separation, write you up for a 6105 or do nothing at all. Our military defense lawyers have the insight to know how to advise you on complicated issues like this.
There are five categories of discharge possible when you leave the military: Honorable, General (Under Honorable Conditions), Other Than Honorable, Bad Conduct Discharge, or Dishonorable discharge. If you have received a discharge designated as less than Honorable, you have the right to apply for upgraded status. We will work with you to receive an upgrade that may positively affect many aspects of your future.
All Members of Military Service Must Adhere to the UCMJ
While serving on active duty in the armed forces, you are responsible for adhering to the Uniform Code of Military Justice whether you are on base or off, deployed or in garrison. The military exercises worldwide 24/7 jurisdiction over servicemembers Depending upon where you are, you may be arrested and charged by civilian law enforcement or military authorities and prosecuted by the State of North Carolina and the United States of America.
Don’t Panic — Contact Our North Carolina Military Defense Attorneys Now
The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can help you. We know how terrifying it is to be called to the Sergeant Major’s office to receive a charge sheet, yet we can allay some of your worst fears. No matter what you have heard, you need the right military attorney working for you. Whether you have committed a crime while actively serving in the military or have been falsely accused of doing so, our military attorneys are here to protect your rights. Contact our office today for a consultation.