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Officer Misconduct Military Lawyer

Officer Misconduct Lawyer

Handling Officer Misconduct Hearings in the U.S. and Worldwide

Civilian military defense lawyer Patrick J. McLain has more than 30 years of experience handling officer misconduct cases. He is readily able to represent officers before any board or military court, across the country and around the world. If you have been charged with conduct unbecoming an officer, McLain can help you fight those allegations.

Military officers are hard charges who understand the short- and long-term impact of military punishments and sanctions as well as criminal charges. They are willing to fight for their military careers.

We are committed to honoring this fighting spirit. Rest assured, we will do all we can to protect your career, your reputation and your future. Let our attorneys defend you against the conduct unbecoming an officer charges you are facing.

Conduct Unbecoming an Officer & a Gentleman

According to UCMJ Code § 933 Article 133:

UCMJ Code § 933 Article 133

If you are facing courts martialshow cause hearingsnonjudicial punishment (NJP), or adverse reports, contact the law office of attorney Patrick J. McLain today at (888) 606-3385.

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Don't let an administrative decision halt your military career. Learn the truth about your rights and the potential consequences of a conviction or plea agreement.

Criminal Misconduct Charges

Officers facing charges for alleged criminal misconduct must go before a general court-martial judge. We represent officers in both Article 32 hearings (preliminary probable cause hearings) and general courts martial.

Our representation spans the following:

  • Fraud and larceny
  • Conduct unbecoming an officer
  • Sex offenses
  • Drug crimes
  • Military offenses
  • War crimes

Attorney Patrick J. McLain is a retired court-martial trial judge and former USMC defense attorney. He has a comprehensive understanding of the court-martial system and knows how to present a strong and compelling defense if you are charged with conduct unbecoming an officer.

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Nonjudicial Punishment

A nonjudicial punishment (NJP) proceeding is an administrative hearing run by a commanding officer to punish a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine for minor misconduct. Nonjudicial punishment proceedings are known by different names in the various service branches: Article 15 (Army and Air Force), Captain's Mast (Navy), and Office Hours (Marines).

We have represented hundreds of officers in nonjudicial punishment proceedings, and are prepared to fight for you wherever you are stationed, whether in the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, or elsewhere.

Adverse Reports

Much like any other occupation, officers in each branch of the military receive periodic performance evaluations: Officer Evaluation Reports (Army), Officer Performance Reports (Air Force), Fitness Reports (Navy and Marine Corps).

A General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand (GOMOR) or adverse report from a reviewing officer can prove extremely detrimental to your military career. A prompt and immediate response is required. We help officers document the events surrounding an adverse report and draft the appropriate rebuttal.

If you are serious about your career and are willing to fight hard to win your case, we will be there by your side.

We represent soldiers facing officer misconduct and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman across the United States and the globe.

Call our office at (888) 606-3385 to schedule an initial consultation. You may also send us an e-mail.


    "Always made me feel as though I was his most important client, and was knowledgeable on all subjects."

    He completely cared, took my case personally, always made me feel as though I was his most important client, and was knowledgeable on all subjects. I give him the highest rating possible and totally recommend him to anyone who is 

    - Mike
    "He is a hard worker and will fight for you the moment you choose him to be on your team!"

    My husband hired Patrick for his summary court martial and Patrick and his team were there every step of the way. They communicated everything they needed and were even there when either me or my husband had any questions. He is a hard worker and will fight for you the moment you choose him to be on your team!

    - Angela
    "Thanks to him I am now able to get on with my life."

    It took some time to make it happen, but it did just like Patrick said, he is a hard charging guy that can help you get what you deserve, Thanks to him I am now able to get on with my life.

    - Chip
    "I was entirely impressed with mclain’s work on my case."

    I called McLain when the military charged me with some B.S., McLain immediately jumped into action and made things happen in my favor. Don't do it alone … your military chain of command will try to make you think that your cooperation will help you, it will NOT. I was entirely impressed with McLain's work on my 

    - Chris C.
    "Great lawyer and better person"
    Mr. McLain helped me through the most difficult experience in my life. As a Marine Officer facing an upcoming board of inquiry for conduct issues, I was fearful of losing a career that I deeply cherished. Mr. McLain not only gave me perfect legal advice throughout the process, but also reached out many times to see how I was doing on a personal level. A great lawyer and better person, Mr. McLain helped me become successful in my board of inquiry and keep moving forward in my career. His knowledge and experience are top notch, and his military experience and personal qualities make him the best lawyer out there to defend military personnel. Would highly recommend to anyone.
    - Jonathan
    "Amazing lawyer who fights for you!"
    A tremendous lawyer in a time of need. After being accused of conduct unbecoming an officer for personal conduct while off duty, I hired Mr. McLain to help me through the process. He diligently worked behind the scenes to make sure my voice was being heard. Despite my inability to listen to his direction early on, Mr. Mclain was patient and continued to fight on my behalf. Mr. McLain helped me win at a board of inquiry with no other disciplinary action. A sincere man, who is dedicated to his clients. Would strongly recommend and is a great asset to military clients everywhere.
    - Former Client
    "Amazing strength and integrity with the combination of experience, insight, and knowledge of military law."

    I have found my lawyer Patrick McLain, to be honest, right to the point, consistently giving me realistic outcomes through the whole process of my case. He's definitely no nonsense, cut to the chase. As a client…I've never been left hanging; he makes sure all my correspondence is returned. He's got amazing strength and integrity with the combination of experience, insight, and knowledge of military law. He stands behind his words and expects the same in return. I say my blessings every day for him taking my case. With him as my attorney, I've achieved best possible outcomes.

    - Gina F.
    "I won my military case due to his diligence, knowledge and experience in military law."

    I cannot recommend Patrick highly enough. I won my military case due to his diligence, knowledge and experience in military law. Had I proceeded on my own, I would have lost, for the process was simply too complex. When working with Patrick, there was never a time when I felt left in the dark on my case, nor a time when his assessments and instructions were unclear. Should you be in any difficult circumstance, Patrick will work his tail off for you and keep you clearly informed on the status of your case. Again, I highly recommend the services of Patrick McLain.

    - Dan C.
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