Legal Rights Of Military Members

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Think military service members don’t have rights at a trial or legal proceeding.

Service members have rights just like they do in civilian courts. One essential right that I find a lot of military members do not know about is the right to have legal representation. You can choose to be represented by one of the appointed military defense attorneys free of charge. But you can also hire your own civilian lawyer who might have a lot more experience in the UCMJ than one of the appointed military defense attorneys.

Now of course you have to pay for that. You can have the United States government pay for that. Other important rights include the right to remain silent, the right to confront witnesses, the right to a fair and impartial trial or proceeding. Knowing these rights is crucial to protect you and protect your military career. That’s a brief overview of just some of the rights that military service members have.

Don’t let anyone ever tell you just because you rose your right hand, you swore to protect the Constitution, that you’ve given up any Constitution because you have not hired an attorney to help you through the process.

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