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Desertion or AWOL can lead to court-martial

Next to hearing that your son or daughter is deploying to a military zone, the most frightening term you may hear as a California military parent is "court-martial." Often a court-martial is related to the commission of a crime by a service member. However, desertion or absence without leave is a common violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and can have serious ramifications for your son or daughter.

Like any legal matter, the severity of the consequences often depends on the circumstances of the offense. In other words, your son or daughter's commanding officer will investigate the case before deciding how to proceed. For the protection of your child's rights, you may want to enlist the services of an attorney who is familiar with UCMJ procedures.

An understanding of how security clearances work

For many people who have careers in the military, security clearance is essential. It's not always easy to get security clearance, and there are various issues that could cause a person to lose this designation. If you need clearance, will need it in the future or need to fight to get it back, you may need a deeper understanding of how it works.

You have the right to fight for your military career. Some people who are having complications regarding their security clearance may find it beneficial to secure legal guidance for counsel on how they can confront the roadblocks that are standing between them and their career goals. If your job requires a certain level of security clearance, you will need to know what to expect.

Court-martial is not the same as civilian courts

Military service is often a source of pride for those who dedicate years of their lives to the defense of freedom. For many, perhaps for you, the training and experience you receive in the military can open doors for your future career or perhaps convince you to make a career in the armed services.

Nothing can dash those dreams faster than accusations of misconduct and the threat of a court-martial. If your commanding officer recently detained you for alleged violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, you have every reason to be concerned because it may lead to a court-martial. Whether you are facing this process because of a minor violation or a severe offense, your future is on the line, and you should not have to deal with that on your own.

How to modify your military discharge status

Someone who serves their country with honor deserves to have their service characterized as such. However, in some cases, a veteran’s discharge process does not end favorably.

Maybe your discharge does not reflect your service, or it leads to a denial of VA benefits. A negative reason for military discharge can make it hard to find a good job. Whatever the reason, veterans have options when it comes to upgrading their status or having the character of their discharge changed.

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