Court-Martial Process

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Court-Martial Defense Attorney

Owens & Kurz, LLC Defends Service Members in Military Courts Nationwide

If you are accused of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), you will likely face a court-martial. The military justice system is different from the civilian justice system and regulated by the Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM).

For this reason, you need a seasoned court-martial defense attorney who is familiar with the MCM. At Owens & Kurz, LLC, we are former active service members with more than 40 years of combined legal experience.

We know exactly what you are facing, and we are devoted to your best possible results.

Choose a court-martial defense lawyer that knows the law of the land. Call us at (888) 570-4612 for a free consultation.

What Is a Court-Martial?

A court-martial is a military court, or a trial conducted in such a court. Courts-martial have special and limited jurisdictions, and they do not have the jurisdiction to try those who are not members of the armed forces.

Although courts-martial are similar to civilian trials, they adhere to the MCM instead of state and federal court proceedings. There are also 3 different kinds of courts-martial.

To learn more about which type of court-martial might apply to your unique case, please get in touch with our nationwide court-martial defense attorneys. You can also read about the military court-martial process and how it might apply to you.

What Are My Rights If I Am Court-Martialed?

In special and general courts-martial, you have the right to be represented by a free military attorney. You can also choose to hire your own civilian lawyer. While lawyers are seldom involved in summary courts-martial, and free military attorneys are unavailable, you have the right to hire a civilian lawyer for your trial.

In special and general courts-martial, you can also request that your case be tried by a military judge alone – or that your panel be made up of at least 1/3 enlisted personnel.

In summary courts-martial, you have the right to call witnesses, cross-examine witnesses, produce evidence, and testify or remain silent.

You also have the right to a review of your trial if you are convicted by any court-martial. Some appeals proceed all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Should I Hire a Civilian Attorney?

All U.S. citizens and service members have the right to an attorney – and to choose their legal counsel. You can think of free military attorneys as public defenders with special experience in the military.

While this is always an option for you, you can also hire an experienced civilian attorney who has stood in your shoes and is deeply familiar with courts-marital, the MCM, and the UCMJ. The choice is yours.

Why Choose Our Firm?

Our attorneys at Owens & Kurz, LLC have served in the armed forces themselves. Joseph Owens has served as an enlisted Soldier, Officer, and Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army, and Margaret Kurz has been deployed as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and spent nearly her entire career as a criminal defense attorney immersed in military law.

Both Owens and Kurz come highly recommended for their personalized legal services and willingness to duke it out in trial.

We have fought for our country, and we will fight for you.

Call us (888) 570-4612 or contact us online to discuss your situation with lawyers who get it – we are available 24/7 for free initial consultations. 


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