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WHEN FACING CRIMINAL DEFENSE CHARGES IN THE MILITARY
When you are in the military, being convicted of certain crimes has additional ramifications above and beyond those faced by civilians. Domestic violence and drunk driving in particular have the potential to destroy a military career, making it vital to find an experienced military defense attorney.
When a member of the armed services commits a civilian crime, the outcome of the case can potentially result in a dishonorable discharge. If you have been questioned, arrested, or charged with any civilian crime, including DUI, domestic violence, a drug crime, a sex crime or any other offense, it's essential that you hire a civilian lawyer who has experience in the defense of military personnel, to prevent repercussions that can destroy your life for years to come.
Domestic Violence in the Military
Reported cases of domestic violence in military families, on the decline prior to 2008, have been rising in recent years. Whether this is the result of the stress of years of combat and multiple deployments is open to speculation.
A service person convicted of a domestic violence crime is forbidden by federal law to possess a gun; therefore, the conviction of even a misdemeanor involving domestic violence can result in separation from the military. Even an allegation of domestic violence can have devastating effects on a military career.
A recent Department of Defense study found that service members reported for abuse are 23 percent more likely to be discharged from the military than nonabusers and slightly more likely to have less than dishonorable discharges. Those who stay in the military are often slower to be promoted after reports of domestic violence.
Furthermore, abusive relationships frequently end in divorce, in which case the former spouse is entitled to a share of the convicted service member's military pension.
Military DUI and DWAI
Being in the military can be stressful, and members of the service may consume alcohol in order to unwind when off base, creating the potential for a DUI or DWAI charge. If convicted, you will generally lose your driving privileges and may be sentenced to jail time, either of which will interfere with your military duties, bringing negative consequences that go beyond the civilian penalties. A qualified DUI lawyer with an understanding of military law can make all the difference in your case.
Potential Military Penalties When You Are Convicted Of A Civilian Crime
There are a number of reasons why it is important to hire an experienced military lawyer; these are just some of the actions the military can take in addition to the civilian penalties you're facing:
Letter of reprimand: A document from your superior officer formally stating that details your wrongful behavior. A letter of reprimand may stand in the way of your receiving a promotion.
Revocation of pass privileges: If you are being charged by civilian authorities, you may be denied permission to go on leave until the proceedings in civilian court are complete.
Required participation in a substance abuse or domestic violence treatment program: Your commanding officer can order you to participate in a substance abuse or domestic violence treatment program offered by the branch of the military in which you're serving.
Corrective training: Your commander may require additional training to correct deficiencies demonstrated by the behavior that resulted in the charge against you.
Administrative reduction in grade: Your commanding officer may elect to reduce your grade as a result of a criminal conviction.
Bar to re-enlistment: Even if your crime may not warrant immediate discharge from the service, you may be denied the opportunity to re-enlist after your current service is complete.
What Do I Do if I’m Arrested While Active Duty Military
- Do not admit guilt - invoke your right to remain silent. This means complying with directions but don't volunteer information that could be used against you. This goes for a DUI or DWAI charge, a domestic violence charge, or any other criminal charge.
- Call us right away. If you're arrested by a civilian police department, there can be major ramifications to your military career if you're found guilty of a crime in civilian court. Your best bet is to call us immediately to mitigate as much damage to your military career as possible.
An Aggressive Civilian Defense Lawyer
ON YOUR SIDE
Criminal defense attorney Steven Rodemer understands that, as a member of the military, you have even more to lose than a civilian who is facing criminal charges. A former prosecutor with an insider's knowledge of Colorado's criminal justice system, Steve has the experience, skill, and passion to fight tirelessly for the dismissal or reduction of charges or an acquittal at trial, so you can continue your service to your country without the stigma of a criminal conviction.
Call the Rodemer Law Offices in Colorado Springs if you are questioned, arrested, or cited for a crime off base. Do not answer any questions unless you have consulted with Steve and he has instructed you to do so. The initial consultation is free.
A Word from Our Clients
Would Emphatically Recommend
I would emphatically recommend Steve. My case came out so much better than I ever would have guessed. On my first meeting with him, prior to having my alcohol level, he laid out various scenarios about what we would do in differing situations. Sure enough, he did exactly what he said he would, only better. He lived up to every expectation. What really solidified my opinion was one morning in Court. I arrived about 30 minutes early and watched what was happening in to every other case. It seemed like everyone got the same deal regardless of the attorney, even other attorneys I had interviewed were just parading their clients up to the front and pleading guilty. Steve got to court and the Judge promptly called my case. Steve commanded the courtroom, explaining for the prosecutor why my DUI case was being pled down to a simple speeding ticket. The Judge didn't bat an eye and accepted the plea (which I found out later is not normally allowed). After we were done as we were walking away, the Judge asked Steve about his baby, it was very clear to me that Steve is well liked and very well respected by everyone at the courthouse. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who would listen.
- Kourtney, a DUI client
He Is The Man!
Steve explained the legal aspects of my case in terms I could understand. He was thorough and displayed excellent knowledge of the law. In addition, he was knowledgeable about the local ins and outs…he kept me in the know which minimized my concerns. If you want a fair shake, he is the man to get it for you.
- Dick, A Criminal Defense Client
Steve Rodemer Saved My Future
Steven Rodemer is no doubt the best way to go. He actually cares about who he represents and goes way out of his way to assure that clients are happy. I was worried about what was going to happen to my name and my future until I hired Steven. After talking to him on our first meeting I was completely at ease. You CANNOT go wrong hiring him, if you're in a situation that you need legal help, the smart move would be to hire Steven. I assure you that you will be thankful you did. He saved my name and my future! Steven went way out of his way to buy me a home surveillance system because of the issues I was having with an ex. What attorney do you know that is as professional as Steven and actually cares so much about his clients to do something like this?…. Exactly. Even a year down the road after everything blew over, Steven contacted me to make sure I was okay and everything was going smoothly for me. What a guy, such a great guy. Thanks Steven, thank you so much.
- Shelby, a Domestic Violence client
You Can Trust This Firm
I hired this firm on a recommendation of a friend I met in alcohol classes. He told me that these guys were great attorneys and really well known in town. I worked with Josh and Steve and they were both great. They were both DAs before they were defense attorneys and that experience really showed in how they dealt with the prosecutors and handled my case. You can trust this firm to do a nice job on your case.
- Gabby, A DUI Client
... Every Step Of The Way, He Fought
I would highly recommend Steve. I had a complicated car accident case that another firm in town initially took, then 'fired' me, because the insurance company denied liability and they realized they were going to have to do some work. Steve immediately filed a lawsuit, worked on the case, and three days before trial the insurance company offered the whole policy. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him, as every step of the way he fought to get me the best recovery he could.
- Michelle, A Car Accident Client
I Just Can't Recommend Them Enough!!
Steven and James where amazing. Our son was arrested and charged with a drug offence, a felony 1. He was looking at a mandtory 8 year minnium sentence. We where very scared and didn't know what to do. He was a drug addict, but he needed help. He wasn't a criminal and it was his first offence. I can't express how panicked we where when we called Steve. He calmed us down over the phone and brought us is for a meeting. Steve and James took all the time we needed and explained all the possible outcomes. Then explained what was most likely. James was very patient with us and was always accessible. It was such a relief to have someone on our side. In the end they got our son in a drug program and probation. He has been clean and sober for 6 months and planning for a very bright future. I think this is exactly what he needed. Steve and James have both contacted us multiple times to check up on our son and see how he's been doing. I think that shows that they really care. Thinking back to that first day we learned what he was charged with I am so thankful we called Steve. I just can't recommend them enough!!
- Sean, a Criminal Defense Client
Steve Put Me At Ease Right Away
Highly recommended. I was scared out of my mind, Steve put me at ease right away. The outcome of my case was better than I thought it would be. He kept me I the loop the whole time and always returned my calls. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this firm.
- Robin, A DUI Client
I've Finally Found An Attorney We Can Use
I hired Mr. Rodemer for my son's felony cases. Unfortunately, my son has been in trouble a number of times, and I have had to use several attorneys in town, a total of 5 before Steve. I never got the impression that any of them were doing anything for us, and yet we were paying them a ton. My son is not a bad person, but he has some mental health issues that often create problems and he finds himself in trouble. Steve was compassionate and kind, without judging my son. But what impressed me most was that he actually did what he said he was going to. If we talked over the phone and he said he was going to file something, three days later, I would get a copy of what he filed in the mail. With the other attorneys it would always be the same response - 'I changed my mind and decided that was something we wanted to file.' The outcome on his case was better than it was the first time he was in trouble (which was much less serious). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr. Rodemer, I've finally found an attorney we can use.
- Debbie, A Criminal Defense Client
First Attorney I Dealt With To Actually Listen To Me
First attorney I dealt with to actually listen to me and give honest advice. It seemed like he cared about me and my case much more than other attorneys I've met with.
- A Personal Injury Client