A Summary Court-Martial, or SCM, is a basic procedure involving a military officer who presides over both the prosecution and defense of the accused. Like non-judicial punishment, the accused is not represented by counsel during the hearing.
A common issue that arises in a Summary Court Martial is that the presiding officer may not have any legal experience. The presiding officer must follow the Military Rules of Evidence, but if he or she is not familiar with them, there is a risk that your rights will be left unprotected. Having an experienced attorney to consult with prior to entering the hearing can mean the difference between your rights being violated with a severe punishment to potentially no punishment.
The punishment that you can receive in a Summary Court-Martial can include imprisonment and can adversely impact your career. Future promotion opportunities may also be affected. Though the offense in question may have been minor, it can still follow you for the rest of your career. A skilled and resourceful attorney from the firm will vigorously protect your rights and your future. Their attorneys care about their clients and will travel anywhere in the world, even into a combat zone, to defend their clients. They are committed to tirelessly working to achieve the most favorable result possible. To learn how we could help you, contact a military criminal attorney today!
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