Many attorneys who represent clients in military criminal law cases focus
exclusively on trial courts. This means that these attorneys operate within
the limits set by a military judge at the trial level. For clients, this
means that they may have to look for another attorney once their case
is over and there are outstanding legal issues. The trial level attorneys
are not accustomed to filing writs for relief and petitions in support
of writs at the appellate levels.
The advantage of selecting the military defense team from The Federal Practice
Group is that we are familiar with not only trial level but also appellate
levels. When necessary, we represent clients at the Army Court of Criminal
Appeals (ACCA) or Navy-Marine Court of Criminal Appeals (NMCCA), among
others. Our attorneys are also admitted to the United States Court of
Appeals for the Armed Forces - the court of the second appellate level.
In addition, when necessary, we file writs for relief at the appellate
level, when we cannot obtain relief at the trial level before the case
is over. This is a critical advantage because it allows to have a second
look at some of the legal issues before our client suffers prejudice.
For example, if there are strong legal grounds to show that the military
judge incorrectly ruled, we may want to challenge his or her ruling at
the appellate level. If successful, the appellate court will reverse the
military judge's ruling. Clients who select attorneys stricly specializing
at the trial level do not have this advantage.
When selecting a military defense counsel, consider not only his or her
trial level experience, but also his or her appellate experience. We are
confident that when you examine our military defense team, you will be
satisfied with the level of expertise in both.
This information is intended for public use only. It is not legal advice.
If you need legal advice, contact an attorney.