North Carolina Military Offenses Attorney
Phillip Stackhouse is a military defense attorney based out of Jacksonville, North Carolina. As a retired U.S. Marine JAG officer, Mr. Stackhouse has been involved in hundreds of courts martial matters. Mr. Stackhouse retired in 2006 and opened the Law Offices of Phillip Stackhouse, PLLC with a focus on protecting the rights of U.S. service men and women facing courts martial offenses and other disciplinary actions that can ruin their futures.
If you are a member of the United States Armed Forces and are under investigation for committing a crime, you face the possibility of one of three types of courts martial actions, depending upon the severity of the offense and circumstances of the charges.
- Summary court martial: The least serious, convened to handle minor charges and does not generally require legal representation at the hearing; however, an experienced attorney in military matters can advise you in preparation.
- Special court martial: Convened for more serious charges and is generally the equivalent of a misdemeanor in the civilian criminal justice system.
- General court martial: Convened for the most serious charges and is generally the equivalent of a felony in civilian jurisdictions. Sentences can be severe. General courts martial require a pretrial investigation know as an Article 32 pretrial investigation, for which the accused has a right to attend and be represented by counsel. Seeking experienced counsel immediately is the best advice.
What Rights Do You Have?
The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) confers rights to uniformed servicemembers, including:
- The right to be present and the right to counsel during the any Article 32 pretrial investigation
- The right to a speedy trial
- The right to testify or remain silent
- The right to confront witnesses
- The right to produce witnesses at government expense \
- The right to a jury trial and, if you are enlisted, to have enlisted members on the jury
- The right to plead guilty or not guilty
The Real Cost of a Court Martial
Facing a court martial means you are facing a potential loss of reputation, pay, your freedom, and lifetime service benefits. You need a military defense attorney with experience both in the military and the military justice system. Call Mr. Stackhouse or send Mr. Stackhouse an e-mail right away. The Law Offices of Phillip Stackhouse, PLLC has earned a worldwide reputation among U.S. service men and women for providing aggressive, effective legal reputation that is focused on one thing: saving your future.
It Is Not Too Early to Get the Right Lawyer on Your Side. It Is Never Too Late.
If you are under investigation for a criminal offense allegation, normally you will not be provided a military attorney until you have been actually charged with an offense. But you can — and should — hire an experienced lawyer to start defending you as soon as you have been notified that a criminal investigation or command investigation is underway.
Mr. Stackhouse can get involved in representing a servicemember at any point of the process, to include the very beginning of the investigation. As soon as you think you will be the subject of an investigation, get a lawyer right away. Even if you have already made a statement implicating yourself in guilt or involvement, it is not too late.
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From offices in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Mr. Stackhouse represents members of the U.S. Armed Forces and military contractors involved in military justice cases and investigations at installations throughout the United States and around the world. The right Jacksonville courts-martial defense attorney can save your career. Contact his office for a no-cost initial consultation about his services and how Mr. Stackhouse can help protect your rights.