Life in the military will change dramatically once you find yourself labeled an accused or in trouble with your command. You will definitely be treated differently. Many servicemembers believe that they are presumed guilty and that the trial or the nonjudicial punishment is held just to memorialize the outcome. This belief is unfortunate and opposite of how the system really works. However, I must admit that it certainly appears accurate based on the comments and actions taken by noncommissioned officers, leaders and the military attorneys that work within the system.
As a retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel with 22 years of experience, I know how the military operates. Starting out as an infantry officer, I understand the challenges you face on a daily basis to excel in your job. With over 17 years of military legal experience, mainly serving as a prosecutor, defense counsel and judge, I intimately know the entire system that you have to go through from all angles.
With so much at stake for you, there is not a better person to guide you through this process. An experienced attorney can make a difference in your life. So whether you're under investigation or facing a court-martial, Board, or NJP, call me at 235-3363 to set up a free consultation. I will fight for your career and your future, and if needed, travel to where your court session will convene.
- John Schum, Hawaii Criminal Defense Attorney and Military Lawyer