Court-Martial and Admin Boards at Camp Lejeune
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is a Marine Corps training facility near Jacksonville, North Carolina. Operating continuously since 1941, Camp Lejeune is frequently used for amphibious assault training thanks to its 14 miles of beach on the Atlantic Ocean. The base is also favored due to its proximity to deep-water ports like Wilmington and Morehead City that allow for quick deployments.
Experienced Civilian Legal Help for Service Members at Camp Lejeune
No matter the type of proceeding you are faced with, it is critical that you contact an experienced military lawyer immediately. You have the right to private defense counsel at any disciplinary proceeding, and it is a right you should seriously consider. While you are entitled to an attorney provided by the military, a civilian attorney will be able to dedicate the time and resources necessary to obtain the best outcome in your unique situation.
Attorney Patrick McLain has dedicated his legal practice to the defense of service members facing disciplinary measures in proceedings around the world.
To discuss your case with a retired Marine Corps military judge, contact Camp Lejeune military attorney Patrick McLain today.
Forms of Military Justice at Camp Lejeune
Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), there are multiple ways Marines serving at Camp Lejeune may face disciplinary action. There are administrative proceedings known as nonjudicial punishment and formal criminal proceedings known as court-martial. Regardless of the type of proceeding, you have the right to hire a civilian defense attorney to represent you if you choose to do so.
Nonjudicial punishment, also known as an NJP or “Office Hours,” is an administrative action that can be initiated by a commanding officer. An NJP is not a criminal proceeding, the potential punishment can still be serious.
While commanding officers can initiate an NJP against you at their discretion, you have the right to refuse and demand a trial by court-martial. The only exception to this rule is for Marines that are attached to or embarked on a vessel. The decision of rejecting or accepting an NJP is a critical one that can have lasting consequences. Before you make a decision or sign any paperwork, consult with a military defense attorney to discuss your options.
A court-martial is a criminal proceeding convened under the UCMJ. A court-martial is far more formal than an NJP and operates under strict procedures and rules of evidence. Because it is a criminal proceeding, a conviction will be reflected in your permanent criminal record. Any violation of the UCMJ can lead to charges before a court-martial.
Attorney Patrick J. McLain's years of experience across the aisle provide him with a unique perspective.
Common Military Offenses at Camp Lejeune
Offenses Marines at Camp Lejeune are commonly suspected of and subsequently charged with include a mixture of criminal offenses common in civilian courts as well as offenses that only apply to service members.
Common Military Offenses
- Unauthorized absence (AWOL)
- Drunk on duty
- Violation of orders
- Destroying government property
Common Court-Martial Offenses
Although an NJP is not a criminal proceeding, the outcome can greatly affect your life and career. In fact, an NJP could lead to an administrative separation (enlisted) or show cause hearing (officers) that ends your military career. Other consequences of an NJP include:
- loss of pay;
- extra duties; and
- loss of rank.
If you are convicted at a court-martial, you could face the same consequences as you would at an NJP. However, a court-martial can also lead to more severe punishment, including confinement or punitive discharge.
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