Representation Before Boards Of Inquiry
The board of inquiry (BOI) is essentially an administrative separation board for commissioned officers. They are responsible for examining events, reviewing allegations and investigating questions of performance of duties.
While boards of inquiry are seen as less serious than a courts-martial, if you are the subject of the inquiry, you need to take steps to protect your rank and your career in the military.
More Than 20 Years Of Experience Defending Service Members
Our lawyer, Phillip Stackhouse, has a great deal of experience helping officers with matters in front of a board of inquiry. The consequence of these boards can be severe, leading to the end of your career.
Once you receive notice of administrative board of inquiry’s elimination action, you have a very limited amount of time in which to respond, and you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Military Board Of Inquiry
When an officer is facing allegations of misconduct or nonperformance of duties, a board of inquiry will evaluate the matter. Officers higher in rank will make up the administrative board. The officer facing the BOI is known as the “respondent,” while the officer conducting the inquiry is known as the “recorder.”
Allegations of officer misconduct may stem from an incident or event that impacted the performance or image of branch of the military or the officer himself. If BOI substantiates the allegations, they likely will recommend administrative separation, ending your career.
A Strong Defense Is Essential
You may be tempted to “wait and see what happens” after being called before a board of inquiry. This is a serious mistake in almost all cases. A board of inquiry is an adversarial process. They are not on your side. Our lawyer understands the seriousness of these boards and can help prevent your lack of legal counsel from leading to your separation from your service.
If you receive word that a command investigation or a board of inquiry’s agenda has focused on you, call us as soon as possible. We represent service members from Camp Pendleton and San Diego Navy Base, as well as worldwide. To schedule a free initial consultation with our attorney at our San Diego office, call 760-456-5386 or use our online contact form.