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Military Criminal Defense Lawyers

The prospect of UCMJ action is one of the most stressful events in a service member’s career and life. Strategically exercising your rights can substantially improve your chances of a successful outcome. The Constitution and the UCMJ affords you many rights, which we go over in more detail below.

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

This is critical. Your command may exert extreme influence to coerce you into making a statement. Investigators will tell you anything to get you to talk. They will tell you that they are simply trying to close the book on the investigation. They will tell you it’s no big deal, they just need a statement. They will appeal to your emotions. They will tell you that you have to give a statement.

Sometimes a helpful script for invoking your rights might go as follows:

"Sir, I do want to cooperate, but under the circumstances, I am invoking my 5th Amendment and Article 31 Rights to remain silent and to speak to a lawyer. I would like to speak to a lawyer at this time."

You can reiterate the above as needed to ensure that your right to remain silent is protected.

Also, if you are accused of sexual assault, be extremely wary of phone calls or conversations from individuals - especially alleged victims - who want to talk about the events in question. Pretext and recorded conversations are a favorite tool of law enforcement, and even seemingly innocent statements could be used by the prosecution to incriminate you.

You Have the Right to Speak To an Attorney, Whether Or Not You Committed a Crime

You should always consult an attorney before having discussions with anyone. Gary Myers, Daniel Conway & Associates offers free initial consultations, and we are available for consultations 24 hours a day.

You Have the Right to Have an Attorney by Your Side When You Talk to Any Investigator or Anyone in Your Chain of Command

NCIS, CID, and OSI often type your statement for you. Your words get twisted. They frequently paraphrase and use incriminating language. They will often rush you through the process of signing your statement so that you do not have an opportunity to fully read the statement.

You Have the Right to Refuse a Polygraph Examination

Military investigators rely heavily on confessions. They will sometimes be unscrupulous in their tactics. You need to consult with a lawyer and ensure that you invoke your Fifth Amendment and Article 31 Rights before speaking to investigators. By talking to a lawyer first you will dramatically increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Call (800) 644-9939 to schedule a free initial consultation with the military criminal defense attorneys of Gary Myers, Daniel Conway & Associates. We can make sure your rights are protected!

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