Sexual Assault Defense in Okinawa and Mainland Japan
Sexual Assault Convictions Are The Government’s #1 Priority—The
More Heads That Roll, The Better
Forget everything you’ve ever read about your rights during a court
martial trial, because in a sexual assault case, none of it matters. The
law enforcement investigating your case will tread upon your constitutional
freedoms. The prosecution will use every dirty trick in the book to secure
a guilty verdict. And the lobbyists and politicians in Washington D.C.
that are pulling all the strings care only for conviction numbers to further
their cause and show their donors. You’re not a service member to
these people. You’re a pawn in a game of policy chess, being played
thousands of miles away in D.C.
Friends are few and far between. Allies are even scarcer. The minute you’re
accused of a sexual assault crime you become an outcast in military society.
It doesn’t matter whether you committed a crime or not. You’ll
be guilty until you’re proven innocent in court, no matter how good
your connections are with military command.
Getting out from under these charges is NOT easy. We’ve seen innocent
service members take plea deals in court because they realized—too
late—that the facts were
not enough to save them. Or rather, the attorney they were provided couldn’t
overcome the prosecution’s character assassination techniques and
fact spin. Had they known just how serious these accusations were, these
service members would’ve gone to any means necessary to even the
odds in court.
You Won’t Hear the Military Mention These Facts
You’ll never hear the military senior leadership tell you that sexual
assault violations weren’t as likely to occur a decade ago. They’ll
never mention that those charged with such crimes received far more lenient
sentencing when they
were convicted, if they were even convicted at all. They’ll never tell
you how much of a farce these sexual assault trials have become, with
the additional pressure and financial resources pouring in from Washington
to secure convictions.
No, you’ll never hear a word of that. All you know is that you’ve
been accused of sexual assault, and suddenly everyone you thought had
your back is suddenly telling you to plead guilty and move on, even if
pleading guilty means costing you the respect of your peers, your military
future, and even your future
outside the military. This is no way to treat someone that has defended their
country honorably, and served the U.S. military thousands of miles from home.
You’ll never hear just how devastating a sexual assault conviction
can be. A dishonorable discharge, combined with forced entry onto a national
list of sex offenders, will put you at a disadvantage in the civilian
world for the rest of your life. You can’t hide these black marks
on your record—they’ll be there for every interested party
with an Internet connection to see. And this is just the beginning. Incarceration
and a punitive discharge will bring even greater woes to you and your family.
Sexual Assault Accusations Can Happen to Anyone, From Recruits to Generals
No one in the military is safe from sexual assault charges. The Washington
machine has made sure of that. The military’s witch-hunt for sexual
assault violations, combined with the government’s new polities
to protect “victims” of sexual assault, has created a perfect
storm of abusive behavior where anyone can accuse anyone else of sexual
assault with nothing more tangible than rumor and hearsay.
This victim mentality has become so prevalent that the government actually
awards supposed sexual assault victims, well before a finding of guilt
in court, by:
- Allowing them to leave the military early with an honorable discharge
- Providing them with an expedited transfer to any military base they want
- Ensuring they receive financial compensation commensurate
We’ve also seen a growing number of cases where consensual male-on-male
sexual encounters are twisted to where one service member accuses the
other of rape in order to save face and avoid allegations of their sexual
orientation. In instances like this, simple pride is reason enough to
claim sexual assault on another service member.
You Cannot Trust Law Enforcement to Do the Right Thing
Military law enforcement is in the pocket of the government agents that
employ them. Their goal is to identify as many possible alleged sexual
assault violators as possible, and then find enough dirt on them to secure
a conviction in court. They work directly with the prosecution and aren’t
about to help your defense team with their investigation into your case.
Furthermore, the men and women in the CID, NCIS and OSI aren’t above
intentionally overlooking exculpatory evidence, or to be less dramatic,
are perfectly willing to ignore evidence that could’ve all but guaranteed
your innocence in court.
While law enforcement is busy building a case against you, your interrogators
are doing everything they can to wear you down and catch you in a lie.
The longer you’re held for questioning, the more likely it is you’ll
inadvertently say something that will incriminate you, or contradict something
you previously said. It’s a lose-lose situation for the service
member no matter what he does or how he acts.
The Charges Against You Are Serious. So Are We.
BIlecki & Tipon has faced off against the most talented minds in the
JAG Corps—and come out on top. We consistently take unwinnable cases
that no other defense attorneys would touch—and create stunning
upsets in court. To date we’ve tried over one hundred cases in a
court martial setting, and continue to set the standard for excellence
both in Japan and around the world. No case is too difficult for us to
win. No trial is too tough for the trial lawyers at Bilecki & Tipon.
You’re given one chance in court—you need to make it count.
Don’t allow the government to step all over you, just so they can
have another case they can tout to their donors in Washington. You deserve
better than that. You deserve the best.
Contact the law firm of Bilecki & Tipon at your FIRST convenience to set up an initial consultation. It could
be the most important decision you’ll ever make.