Article 15 (NJP) Defense Attorneys


An Article 15 or Captains Mast is a non-judicial punishment, or NJP, determined by a commander or other superior officer in an informal proceeding. Article 15 offenses are generally not serious, such as a minor theft or DUI, but you may still be at risk of an Administrative Separation or dishonorable discharge. Though you do not have the right to be represented by an attorney in an Article 15 or NJP proceeding, an experienced court-martial lawyer from the firm may be able to help you to determine a strategy to lessen the severity of any penalties that might be imposed, or help you make an informed decision of whether you should accept the NJP or demand trial by court-martial. The skilled team of military criminal defense attorneys at the Federal Practice Group is well-versed in military justice procedures and may be able to assist you in avoiding harsh penalties or even achieving a complete dismissal.

In many cases, it may be in your best interest to settle these matters at the informal level of an Article 15 or NJP, but you do have the right to refuse the outcome and request a court martial. If you do accept, it basically means that you have allowed the commander to act as judge and jury regarding the offense you have been accused of. By accepting, you are not necessarily admitting that you are guilty but you do forfeit any right to a court-martial, which has rules of evidence and a significantly higher burden of proof. Most servicemen and women are dedicated to their careers and this decision can be very difficult. One of our reliable attorneys will take the time to carefully listen to the exact circumstances of your case and may be able to help you decide on an optimal strategy to protect your rights and your career.


The firm has an established track-record that allows their clients to feel confident that they are being aggressively defended by a committed attorney dedicated to achieving the best possible results. With your future and your career at risk, one of their tireless lawyers may be able to help you. Contact a court-martial lawyer from our team today to learn more!


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.