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San Antonio Military Defense Lawyer

San Antonio Military Defense Attorney

Aggressive Legal Advocacy for Our Servicemen and Servicewomen in Texas

When the government comes after you, you need a skilled legal advocate who has what it takes to fight for you. After all, a court-martial or adverse administrative action can have profound and lasting impacts on your military career and beyond. Such proceedings can result in severe, life-altering consequences, including demotion, discharge, loss of benefits, and even incarceration. The repercussions extend to reputation damage, compromising future employment prospects and personal relationships.

At the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC, we have seen what even a seemingly minor corrective action can do to an exemplary servicemember’s military career and future prospects. You need to take any court-martial or corrective action extremely seriously and seek legal advice as soon as possible. 

Our San Antonio military defense lawyer, Patrick J. McLain, has not only served over 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps – he has also served as a court-martial trial judge, federal prosecutor, and USMC defense attorney. This wide and varied scope of experience gives him the knowledge and resources to effectively represent you in many types of military forums. No matter the complexity of your case, our dedicated team is prepared to zealously fight to protect your interests and preserve your military career.

Do not wait to get legal advice. Schedule a free initial consultation and discuss your legal options by calling (888) 606-3385 or contacting us online.

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Facing Court-Martial Charges? We Can Help.

A court-martial is a judicial proceeding used to try members of the armed services accused of offenses against military law. It is empowered to determine guilt and administer punishment according to the applicable service's code of justice, akin to a civilian trial but with procedures and laws unique to the military. Consequences of a court-martial conviction can range from fines and reduction in rank to dishonorable discharge and imprisonment.

You always have the right to hire a civilian military lawyer when facing court-martial charges, and doing so critical when navigating the complexities of these proceedings. Unlike military defenders who may have multiple cases to handle simultaneously, a civilian lawyer can often offer more personalized and focused representation. This dedicated attention is paramount in developing a robust defense strategy and ensures that you receive strong advocacy throughout the legal process.

Our San Antonio military defense attorney can also tap into a network of private investigators, expert witnesses, and forensic specialists. Our firm embraces a comprehensive approach to defense, utilizing these resources as needed to challenge the prosecution's evidence and to construct a compelling counter-narrative. We are committed to thorough investigation and meticulous preparation, which often includes scrutinizing witness statements, questioning evidential integrity, and exposing procedural errors that could be pivotal to the outcome of the case.

Additionally, we understand the unique culture and processes of the military justice system as well as the nuances that differentiate it from civilian courts. We leverage this knowledge to tailor defense strategies that resonate with military jurors, who often possess distinct values and perspectives from their civilian counterparts. By articulating your defense case in a manner that aligns with military ethos and expectations, we strive to create a connection with the panel and set you up for success.

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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

Facing an Administrative Action? You Need Defense Representation.

The potential consequences of adverse administrative actions, even those that appear minor on the surface, should not be underestimated. Service members may face non-judicial penalties like letters of reprimand or counseling, reduction in grade, suspension from duty, or other restrictions. Although less drastic than a court-martial, such actions can still profoundly affect your military career by stalling promotions, blocking professional opportunities, and tarnishing your service record.

Our San Antonio military defense lawyer can provide tailored legal guidance and advocacy if you are facing any type of corrective action, including:

  • Security clearance revocations or denials
  • Area 15 hearings
  • Relief for Cause proceedings
  • Board of inquiry hearings
  • Administrative separation board hearings

You’re Not Alone. We Have Your Back.

At our firm, we prioritize the emotional and psychological well-being of our clients. Facing court-martial charges or corrective actions can be a stressful and isolating experience. We aim to serve not only as legal advocates but also as steadfast supporters, guiding you through each step of the legal journey. Ensuring open lines of communication, we will keep you up-to-date and involved in your defense, empowering you to make informed decisions about your case.

Get the legal support you deserve when you are accused. Call (888) 606-3385 or contact us online today.


    "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.
    "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.
    "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 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.
    "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
    "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
    "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
    "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
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