Other Military Issues
Pilots, health care providers and lawyers all must maintain licenses to perform their jobs. Some of these licenses are issued by State licensing agencies. Work related performance and certain personal behaviors can result in the Command taking action to suspend your license. When this happens, most State licensing agencies have the requirement that you notify them also of your license being suspended. Your livelihood in and out of the service is much too important to risk not having someone qualified to represent you in these situations.
Frequently, a service member will be selected for promotion to the next grade but the promotion board will not have all the current information. In these situations the individual will either have their name withheld from the promotion list or their promotion delayed because of some sort of documented adverse material in your official record. If this occurs, you will usually be given the opportunity to convince your Service Secretary that despite the cause for the promotion delay, you are still worthy of the promotion. You will definitely need help in drafting your one and only letter to retain your well-deserved promotion. I have successfully helped individuals prepare their package and write the statement that argues their position. You need someone with this experience fighting for you.
Corrections of Records
If your record has incorrect or unfavorable material contained within it, there are procedures where you can attempt to have the material removed. This requires that you or your attorney file a petition with the appropriate Service designated board that determines if relief is warranted. These boards operate under strict regulations. You must convince the board that your situation falls under one of the permissible categories for relief and that the relief is warranted under the situation. If you fail to show how your situation is proper for them to consider, they will reject you petition without considering it. Once your record is corrected, other opportunities may once again be possible. Don't overlook the possibility of having your record cleaned up and remaining competitive with your peers.
Conviction of a crime involving domestic violence can end your military career and result in a mandatory jail sentence in the civilian criminal justice system. Neither of these results are something that you should subject yourself to without the assistance of a lawyer to review the facts of the case and advise you on your options. Even if the case is pled down to an offense that does not constitute domestic violence, the judge is likely to impose a restriction on possessing a firearm as a condition of your probation. If this happens, your branch of service will likely attempt to separate you. You need legal assistance in analyzing the facts and attempting to resolve the case without going to jail or losing your ability to carry a weapon.
- John Schum, Honolulu Criminal Defense Attorney and Military Lawyer