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Corpus Christi Military Defense Lawyer

Corpus Christi Military Defense Attorney

Zealous Legal Advocacy for Our Servicemen and Servicewomen in Texas

When facing a trial or disciplinary proceeding in any kind of military forum, obtaining knowledgeable legal advice is crucial. The complexities and ramifications of military law can be overwhelming, and decisions made without proper counsel can have far-reaching consequences for your career, freedom, and future. A seasoned legal advocate familiar with military law can help you successfully navigate the intricacies of military trials, where procedures and rights differ significantly from civilian courts.

Our Corpus Christi military defense lawyer, Patrick J. McLain, understands what you are going through. He gets that you are likely stressed and worried about your future. Fortunately, he has the extensive experience and powerful perspective needed to effectively represent you. On top of his over two decades of active service in the Marine Corps, he is a former JAG lawyer, former USMC defense attorney, retired court-martial trial judge, and former federal prosecutor. Our team at the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC knows how to effectively advocate for you and is ready to fight relentlessly to protect your interests.

When you are accused, we will stick up for you. Call (888) 606-3385 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation today.

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Put Experience on Your Side When Facing Court-Martial Charges

A court-martial is a judicial court for trying members of the armed services accused of offenses against military law. Under the UCMJ, service members can be prosecuted for crimes such as desertion, insubordination, theft, sexual assault, and more serious offenses akin to felonies in civilian law. The proceedings can vary from a summary court-martial, dealing with minor infractions, to a general court-martial, the most severe form, which can handle any crime punishable under the UCMJ and can impose the most serious punishments. 

The consequences of being convicted by a court-martial can be dire and life-altering. Depending on the severity of the offense, punishments can range from loss of pay, reduction in rank, and confinement to a dishonorable discharge. The repercussions extend beyond the trial, potentially including the loss of veteran's benefits, difficulty in securing future employment, and the stigma of a military conviction. The implications can touch every facet of one’s personal and professional life, often with irreversible effects.

The bottom line: Even a summary court-martial proceeding calls for hiring a civilian military lawyer who understands this unique area of law. With decades of legal experience and a deep working knowledge of both sides of how these cases are adjudicated, our Corpus Christi military defense attorney can work to put you in the best possible position and fight to protect your interests, no matter the charges. 

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  • Former Federal Prosecutor & Military Judge
    Attorney Patrick J. McLain's years of experience across the aisle provide him with a unique perspective.
  • Over Two Decades in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Our Firm is Top-Rated & Award-Winning
  • Over 3,500 Cases Successfully Handled

Pressured to Accept a Plea Deal? Get Legal Advice First.

When you're in the military and facing charges that may lead to a court-martial, you may be encouraged to accept a plea deal by your chain of command. It's a critical moment where the choice you make can significantly impact the rest of your life. Consulting with a civilian military lawyer in such scenarios is not just recommended, it's crucial.

As a seasoned civilian military lawyer, Patrick J. McClain can provide an objective assessment of the plea deal being offered. We are not influenced by the military chain of command and are thus able to have your best interests at heart. Given that we are not subject to military rankings or command structure, our advice remains unbiased and concentrated on your rights and defense. Furthermore, our team can weigh the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution's case against you without internal pressures, allowing for a clear-eyed evaluation of whether the plea deal is truly advantageous or if it's better to proceed to trial. 

When You’re Alone, We’re There for You

The emotional toll of facing a court-martial or corrective action cannot be understated, and you are not alone if it feels like a distressingly isolating experience. Individuals undergoing military discipline often feel alienated from their peers and superiors, as the collective nature of military life starkly contrasts with the solitary path of the accused. This can create an atmosphere of exclusion that only worsens the stress and anxiety that comes with these proceedings. 

Our representation goes beyond providing a strong legal defense: We also aim to provide emotional and social support. From the moment we take on your case, we will strive to establish a relationship grounded in understanding and trust. Regular communication, comprehensive case updates, and transparent discussions about legal strategies are the pillars of our support system. 

You do not have to go through this process alone. Contact us online or call (888) 606-3385 to discuss your case with a member of our team today.


    "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
    "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.
    "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 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.
    "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.
    "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
    "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
    "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
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