Fort Hood Military Criminal Defense Lawyers
Defending You With Tough, Determined Legal Representation
Have you been accused of a military crime in Fort Hood? Are you worried about how it will affect your personal life as well as your military career? These are very important considerations and ones for which you should be justifiably concerned. A criminal conviction can lead to various negative consequences from fines, confinement, a criminal record, and consequences to your military status, benefits, and more.
At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we understand the stress involved in criminal allegations, whether they concern a low-level misdemeanor or something considerably more serious. Our firm is here to provide strong, savvy legal representation designed to seek a favorable result. Our Fort Hood military criminal defense attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who know how to investigate, analyze facts, and develop strong defenses. No matter how complex or difficult you think your case may be, having a qualified defender in your corner can make a big difference in the outcome.
Facing a criminal accusation in or around Fort Hood? Get a free initial consultation with one of our military criminal defense lawyers at (512) 359-3743 today. Available 24/7.
Standing Up for Service Members Facing Charges
Military service personnel are held to a very high standard of ethical conduct. Thus, if you are arrested and charged for any type of crime or violation, you will face a tough road in defending your innocence. Furthermore, the stakes are much higher for you as a service member.
Aside from confinement and fines, you may also face the following upon a conviction:
- Loss of your military benefits
- Dishonorable discharge
- Denial of a promotion
- Put on restricted military duties
- Barred from specific military career opportunities
- Loss of certain privileges
- Loss or denial of security clearances
Also, once you have been convicted, the military does not offer any type of “expungement” of the record. It will follow your military career.
Military Court vs. Civilian Court
Military court differs from civilian criminal court in that it often hands down harsher punishments due to the higher standards to which you are held. Military courts operate on their own rules, regulations, and laws, such as those of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
The UCMJ outlines the subject matter of how courts-martial, military trials, and penalties are conducted and imposed for those in the armed forces. Criminal charges against military service members may end in various ways, such as an adverse adjudication which refers to any finding or sentencing in a military criminal case that is not an acquittal or a dismissal.
Common Military Crimes
Military criminal defense can be complex and confusing since military law governs military crimes. Common offenses military personnel may face include conduct unbecoming of an officer, destruction of military property, possession or use of drugs, disobedience to orders, false official statements, assault/battery, larceny/theft, DWI, domestic violence, drug charges, sex crimes, violent crimes, and dereliction of duty.
Defenses to Military Criminal Charges
Depending on the circumstances, military criminal defense attorneys may be able to argue mitigating factors such as lack of intent or incorrect understanding of an order in order to reduce or dismiss charges against the military member. In some cases a plea bargain may also be available. Regardless of the infraction or accusation made against them, Fort Hood military personnel facing criminal charges have a right to legal representation by a military criminal defense attorney and are encouraged to seek counsel before facing a court-martial.
How Smith & Vinson Law Firm Can Help
Our Fort Hood military criminal defense attorneys are here to provide aggressive legal representation to military members facing various accusations. We understand that you need and deserve thorough and hard-hitting defenders putting in their best effort on your behalf. That is what you will find when you turn to our Fort Hood military defense lawyers.
Want to learn more about how we can help? Reach out to our Fort Hood military criminal defense lawyers via our online request form or by calling (512) 359-3743 today.
Smith and Vinson are absolutely incredible! They go above and beyond to help their clients and have a track record of success in getting cases dismissed. Their aggressive approach and unwavering dedication make them stand out from the rest.- Linda W.
What sets this firm apart is their unwavering dedication to their clients. They listen attentively, provide clear guidance, and approach every case with the utmost diligence. Their attention to detail is truly impressive, and they leave no stone unturned.- Former Client
When in battle you need people by your side who are fierce enough to face the opposition with you. Brad and Jarod far exceeded my expectations with their passion for winning and attention to detail.- Nikki C.
After the Jury was selected, the first witness was called to the stand, and Brad and Jarrod imploded the State's case. Moments later, the case was dismissed. I couldn't be any more thankful for Smith & Vinson.- Former Client
Case Dismissed Assault Family Violence
Our client was a mother who had allowed her adult son and family to move in with her due to some hardship. After a family dinner a heated discussion between our client and her daughter in law turned into a physical altercation.
Case Dismissed DWI
Our client was pulled over for failure to signal intent to turn. The arresting officer claimed the vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed (67 MPH in a 30 MPH zone) resulting in a chase. When our client stopped, the officer noted the smell of alcohol on our client’s breath.
Case Dismissed Felony POCS & Probation Violation
Our client was charged with an POCS 3rd degree felony while on probation in another county for a DWI 2nd. The car he was in was pulled over and, after officers obtained the consent of the driver, the car was searched. The police found cocaine in the vehicle and our client took responsibility.
No Charges Filed Sex Assault Investigation
Our client had an affair with a married woman. When her husband found out, she accused our client of rape. She called the police, who began an investigation into the matter. Our client did the smart thing and called our office immediately.
Case Dismissed; Charges Reduced Two Counts of Sexual Assault of a Child and Four Counts of Indecency w/ a Child
Our client was indicted on two counts of sex assault of a child and four counts of indecency with a child. Our client confessed to the offense and there was substantial physical evidence corroborating that confession. The State aggressively prosecuted this case and sought significant prison time.