Military Drug Crimes Lawyer – San Diego CA & Dallas TX Offices – Global Representation
Military Drug Policy Attorney Defending Cases Involving Drugs in the Military
Were you charged with a drug crime like possession, distribution, manufacturing, growing, or trafficking drugs in the military? The consequences of a military drug charge conviction at court martial are dire. If drugs like marijuana, cocaine, meth, ecstasy, or hallucinogens are found in your possession, you could face a dishonorable discharge for a conviction.Even possession of a controled substance for prescription drugs without a prescription could end your military career and land you in prison.
Do I Need a Military Drug Crime Lawyer?
The answer is almost always yes. Regardless of how minor the charges seem, if there is a hearing pending and a formal or informall accusation of a drug crime has been made against you, you need to find legal counsel. Even if you are innocent and you think you can prove it or that nothing will come of bogus charges, trust us. Your military career could be in serious jeopardy. Trust military drug charge lawyer Patrick J. McLain to fight for your rights and your future.
You could use the free defense attorney appointed to you by the same officers accusing you, but we highly recommend that you exercise your right to hire a private civilian military lawyer for drug charges in the military. A private attorney has only your best interests in mind, not the politics and career goals of your appointed attorney.
Patrick J. McLain, Judge Advocate and Attorney at Law, serves soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines worldwide. We provide experienced, skilled and independent advocacy in fighting the long-term consequences of a conviction in a court martial for drug charges, such as:
- Urinalysis positive for drugs
- Refusal to participate in urinalysis
- Drug possession (marijuana, cocaine, meth, etc.)
- Sale, distribution or drug trafficking
- Possession of a controlled substance or prescription drugs without a prescription
- Drug Trafficking or Transporting
- Selling Drugs or Distributing Illegal Drugs
Below is the actual US military code regarding drug crimes in the military.
UCMJ Article 112a: Wrongful Use, Possession, Etc. of Controlled Substances (Drugs).
“(a) Any person subject to this chapter who wrongfully uses, possesses, manufactures, distributes, imports into the customs territory of the United States, exports form the United States, or introduces into an installation, vessel, vehicle, or aircraft used by or under the control of the armed forces a substance described in subsection (b) shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
(b) The substances refereed to in subsection (a) are the following:
(1) opium, heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, lysergic acid diethylamide, methamephetamine, penecyclidine, barbituric acid, and marijuana, and any compound or derivative of any such substance.
(2) Any substance not specified in clause (1) that is listed on a scheduile of controlled substances prescribed by the President for the purposes of this article.
(3) Any other substance not specified in clause (1) or contained on a list prescribed by the President under clause (2) that is listed in Schedules I through V of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812).”
Evidence in Drug Charge Court Martials Can be Challenged
Many service members think that the evidence in a drug-related court-martial cannot be challenged. That is not the case. Patrick J. McLain, the founder of our law firm, is a former court-martial trial judge, federal prosecutor and USMC defense lawyer. He has visited many military drug labs and conducts ongoing research of military forensics labs, so he knows the procedure for obtaining a successful outcome. He can also bring forensic toxicologists on board in your case to challenge the evidence and the procedures followed by the drug labs. McLain’s insight and experience has helped him win dozens of drug crime cases in both courts-martial and civilian criminal courts.
Do you want the independent legal advice and loyal representation of an experienced civilian military law attorney ? Please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
It Is Important to Fight Military Drug Offense Charges
If you are discharged for possession or sale of drugs, you may be labeled a drug abuser for life. Your military record and the status of your discharge can close the doors of future opportunity in civilian life.
Even if you have already been convicted or you accepted a plea agreement in your court martial for drug charges, you may still have options to mitigate the consequences to your future. Patrick J. McLain, a veteran military defense attorney, can represent you in your petition to the service correction board so that you do not have to pay for a stupid mistake or false accusation for the rest of your life.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Law Firm
Do not let a false drug trafficking or drug possession allegation lead to an Administrative Separation Board or Board of Inquiry or worse. Contact our law office to schedule a free consultation with Patrick J. McLain at (214) 416-9100 today or email us to request an appointment now.
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