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As a member of the military, you are likely aware that there are specific criminal offenses for which you can be accused that can lead to a court-martial. The results of a court-martial can result in the loss of your rank, your career, and your freedom. Legally, you have the right to have a military court-martial defense attorney present and you should.

When you hire Daniel Conway & Associates, you can trust that you're being protected by a dedicated, experienced legal team. We understand just how serious the military justice system is and how much is on the line.


What Does Court-Martial mean?

A court-martial is a military judicial proceeding that is used to try members of the armed forces for offenses against military law. It is convened by commanding officers, and the proceedings generally take place in accordance with military rules and regulations. Court-martials typically involve the accused being tried before their peers (other members of the military) and can result in punishments ranging from a reprimand to confinement or even a death sentence. 

The decision made by the court-martial must be approved by higher authorities for it to become final and legally binding.  Court-martials are an important tool for maintaining good order and discipline within the ranks of any military organization, as they ensure that all personnel adheres to established standards of conduct.

Types of Court-Martials

Once a person serving in the military is accused of a crime - regardless of the crime - they will have to go through a legal process that is very different from a civilian criminal process. Every step of the way, from pre-trial hearings to sentencing for a conviction, military regulations and laws will be applied.

The steps involved in a court-martial and the subsequent outcome can be confusing and having a lawyer to help you navigate them is essential. Our firm has more than 100 years of combined experience representing military personnel.


  • Summary Court-Martial: This is the lowest level of the court-martial process and typically involves minor incidents. The process is simplified so that cases can be resolved quickly. You may have counsel present, although you have fewer rights in this type of court-martial. If you are found guilty, you could confinement, restrictions, wage forfeiture, and a lowered rank.
  • Special Court-Martial: Typically, this type of court-martial involves fewer people: a judge and three or more officers. This court-martial is used for misdemeanor crimes and the penalties may include pay forfeiture and confinement.
  • General Court-Martial: The most serious court-martial, a general court-martial is used to try felony offenses like child pornography, murder, and sexual assault. The penalties that can be imposed upon conviction are extremely serious. This may include incarceration, dishonorable discharge, and even death in some cases.

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