Fort Moore Civilian Defense Lawyer
Straddling the border between Alabama and Georgia is Fort Moore. A United States Army post first built in 1909, this facility is home to the United States Army Armor School as well as elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment. All told, more than 120,000 men and women serve at Fort Moore. If you are one of them, contact attorney Patrick J. McLain if you are facing military discipline.
Fort Moore Civilian Defense Counsel
If you are facing charges while serving at Fort Moore, you do not have to take them on alone.
Contact retired military judge and attorney Patrick J. McLain right away.
Types of Military Discipline at Fort Moore
If you have been accused of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), you could face two different forms of discipline: nonjudicial punishment or trial by court-martial.
Nonjudicial punishment is a type of administrative discipline available in every branch of the armed forces. Known as Article 15 in the Army, this type of discipline could have serious consequences. In some cases, a conviction could lead to separation proceedings from the Army.
You are entitled to reject an NJP and have your case heard at a trial by court-martial instead. The risks in this decision are real, as a court-martial carries much higher potential penalties. However, there are aspects of the formal structure used in a trial by court-martial that could work in your favor. No matter what, it is crucial to avoid making this decision without first discussing your case with experienced legal counsel.
If you lose your case, you have the right to appeal the decision. However, an appeal from an Article 15 is heard by your commanding officer as opposed to by a dedicated appellate court.
A trial by court-martial is a criminal proceeding, unlike an NJP. This means that a conviction could leave a mark on your permanent record long after your military career comes to an end. The process of a trial by court-martial is overseen by a military judge, and the rules are much stricter than in an NJP.
Following a conviction, you have the right to appeal the decision. In many cases, an appeal will be triggered automatically depending on the specific charge you are facing. During your trial or appeal, you are entitled to hire your choice of civilian defense counsel.
Attorney Patrick J. McLain's years of experience across the aisle provide him with a unique perspective.
Common Offenses at Fort Moore
Some violations of the UCMJ are likely to result in an NJP while others are typically lead to a trial by court-martial. Examples of each are included below.
Common NJP Offenses
- Unauthorized absence (AWOL)
- Drunk on duty
- Violation of orders
- Destroying government property
Common Court-Martial Offenses
Following a conviction at trial by court-martial or NJP, many of the prospective penalties are the same. You could find yourself facing restriction, loss of pay, loss of rank, or extra duties through either process. However, a trial by court-martial also carries more significant penalties not available in an NJP. These include punitive discharge as well as confinement.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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