Desertion Military Defense Lawyer in Japan
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
Call our law firm TODAY at (800) 996-9747 and together we’ll set your story straight.