When you joined the military, it’s likely that you did so with the expectation of making a career of this path by gaining benefits to assist you over your lifetime. Facing an Involuntary Separation from the U.S. armed forces throws those expectations into jeopardy. You may worrying about what will happen to you and your family.
You may also feel confusion and uncertainty. Why are you facing this possible outcome, and what can you do to avoid it? How do you decide your next step? Should you fight the Involuntary Separation? Can you?
Bring these questions to The Federal Practice Group. We are a firm of military Involuntary Separation lawyers representing clients in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and across the nation who face circumstances similar to yours. We have helped many of them receive favorable outcomes in their cases, and we can fight for you as you go up against the US government.
Our attorneys can discuss your case with you in plain language to help you understand what's going on. Your future and the wellbeing of your family throughout this ordeal are our top concerns. We understand military culture, and in fact, two members of our firm have spent time in the service. This experience allows us to bring a level of sensitivity and knowledge other attorneys cannot provide as we help you navigate this difficult time.
There can be many possible reasons why a member of the US Armed Forces may receive an Involuntary Separation, including misconduct under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a criminal conviction in civilian court, or simply being deemed unsuitable for continued service. Involuntary Separation not only effectively ends your military career, but it can also affect your benefits. If you have been enlisted for more than six years or if there is a possibility that you may receive an Other Than Honorable Discharge, you have the right to an administrative separation board hearing. It is important to contact a seasoned attorney without delay to ensure that your rights are vigorously protected.
The proven group of lawyers at The Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service are well-versed in the Administrative Separation Process. Depending on the circumstances of your case, there may be a possibility of additional charges that can put your future even more at risk and possibly even your freedom. The firm understands what you are facing and the stress you and your family are going through. The firm sincerely cares about their clients. They passionately believe in tirelessly guarding and upholding your rights.
In many cases, receiving and Involuntary Separation and the prospect of facing an Administrative Separation board can be very intimidating. It is important to remember that you do have rights, you can fight and you do not have to do it alone. The firm has over a century of combined experience successfully assisting their military clients through the most difficult times of their lives, especially during the Administrative Separation Process. The firm will work with you, no matter where you are in the world, to achieve the best possible results for your case. Our attorneys are never intimidated, and they will stand up and aggressively fight for you.
When criminally charged as an active serviceman or woman, it is important to realize that the crimes and punishment that you will be facing will be considerably different than the ones that your civilian counterparts find themselves facing. It is for this reason that you do not hesitate to get the involvement of an experienced military criminal defense attorney in your area to help you to combat the charges so that you can protect your future and your freedom. For example, should you be successfully convicted, one of the many different penalties that you could find yourself facing includes the possibility of an involuntary discharge – one of the greatest dishonors for a member of the military.
In the American military, there is a considerable difference between retiring and being discharged. A military member who chooses to retire will not quit the service – rather they will enter into what is known as the retired reserve. There they will remain inactive unless a time comes upon which they must be called upon to help defend the country. A discharge is completely different. Should a military member be discharged, they will be completely removed from all obligations to the military. In some cases, this can be an honorable discharge when a serviceman or woman has behaved in a manner above expectations. This, however, is not always the case. In some instances, it can be an involuntary discharge. Instances that might call for an involuntary discharge include the following:
For someone who has honorably served their country, having to endure an involuntary discharge can be one of the worst punishments that can be endured. Beyond the dishonor, it can also strip you of all benefits that you previously enjoyed from the military – including your pay and your medical benefits. It can also be a considerable mar on your character and will haunt you for the rest of your life in almost every decision that you make, from seeking employment to pursuing a loan.
The prospect of an Involuntary Separation can compound the daily stress you already feel as a member of the military in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. or elsewhere in the country. Our nation relies on our troops to keep us safe, and you may feel anxiety about keeping up with this difficult job that demands high standards. You want your lawyers to take care of your legal defense so that you do not have to add to your worries.
We understand this need and do our best to deliver for you. We respect the military and its members, and we are ready to fight for a fair outcome in your case. Choosing our firm provides many advantages over other attorneys you could select, such as:
If you are at risk of facing criminal penalties, it is important that you realize what is at stake. In cases involving military members, it will not just be civilian penalties of fines and imprisonment – your very reputation could be at stake. When you have this much on the line, you simply cannot afford to sit back and wait for whatever is going to happen to happen. You need to be proactive in your efforts to defend your legal rights – fighting against the charges so that you can prevent the possibility of being involuntarily discharged from active service.
At the Federal Practice Group, the firm knows what is on the line when taking on military criminal cases and are prepared to assist clients in a comprehensive manner to help them defend their legal rights. The firm understands that for a military member, one of the most important things that can be preserved is their honor.
The legal team also knows that being stripped of the pay and benefits can be crippling. So do not hesitate to get an attorney at the firm involved as soon as possible. The sooner that you give us a call, the sooner that we can help you to build a case to defend your legal rights.
The proven attorneys at The Federal Practice Group have over a century of combined experience successfully assisting federal employees through the most difficult periods of their lives and careers.
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