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Accusations of AWOL or Desertion Demand Hard-Hitting Legal Representation

Every case that involves a desertion or an Absence Without Leave (AWOL) can go two ways in court. One way is that defense can show the jury that the context surrounding the desertion or AWOL is far more complex than the prosecution is letting on (which often secures a not-guilty verdict). This is the end-game strategy used by Bilecki & Tipon and any other top-tier law firms specializing in court martial charges.

The second option, and the less desirous of the two by far, is that the prosecution is given free rein to focus squarely on the actions of the accused service member, without any mitigating circumstances describing why that service member might have committed the acts he committed. This, of course, often results in a guilty verdict, along with a dishonorable discharge and even incarceration.

How your trial pans out will depend on the defense team that you hire to advocate for you in court. Few court martial defense attorneys can convince the jury to see the whole story—not just what the prosecution wants them to see. Your case rests on the context surrounding your decisions, and at Bilecki & Tipon, our entire strategy focuses on that critical area of the case.

What’s the Difference Between Desertion and AWOL?

We hear this question a lot from concerned service members that are caught up in desertion or AWOL charges. What it comes down to is the intention of the service member in question.

  • Desertion denotes that the accused service member intended to remain away permanently from the military. This is the more difficult of the two charges to defend, and care must be taken to ensure the jury understands the complete context surrounding your intentions when leaving and while you were gone.
  • AWOL, however, typically denotes that the accused service member didn’t specifically intend to remain away permanently from the military. The goal here is often to prove that the service member didn’t intend to remain away permanently and to fully describe the facts and circumstances surrounding the absence.

If you’re charged with AWOL or desertion, contacting a defense attorney should be the first thing that you do. Only then can the attorney begin gathering the facts about your case, and possibly identify the why of your story. This could involve a familial issue, possible PTSD symptoms, or a misunderstanding regarding your duty location and other requirements.

You Deserve a Chance at a Clean Slate; You Deserve a Second Shot

The prosecution isn’t interested in hearing why you did what you did. But we are. The law firm of Bilecki & Tipon has stood up for the rights of service members for years, and has taken hundreds of cases to verdict in court.

Don’t allow the prosecution to twist events and turn your story into a scandal. Call our law firm TODAY at (800) 996-9747 and together we’ll set your story straight.