Four Defenses to Statutory Rape in the Military

Four Defenses to Statutory Rape in the Military

Statutory rape usually occurs between two people who want to have sex with each other. The problem, however,  is that one person is not able to give consent – simply because they’re too young to legally give consent to the act. That’s when charges for statutory rape can become a reality for one or both partners. Jurisdictions Differ Regarding the Age of Consent States treat […]

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Navy Sailor Under Investigation for Arson

Navy Sailor Under Investigation for Arson

A recent fire on the Bonhomme Richard, docked in San Diego may be the result of arson by a navy sailor. The Bonhomme Richard is a smaller amphibious assault vessel, designed to carry thousands of Marines, helicopters, and vertical-takeoff jets. It can also double as a small Naval aircraft carrier. The vessel had been docked in San Diego undergoing an extensive upgrade which was near […]

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Military Car Accident Statistics

Military Car Accident Statistics

Driving a car comes with enormous responsibilities we don’t often think about every time we hit the road. There’s a mutual understanding with the state and other drivers that we’ve taken certain precautions. From things like being licensed to drive in the first place to following all traffic laws. There’s also another—an implicit agreement to take care of our cars and ensure they’ve been inspected […]

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How to Find a Good Criminal Lawyer After You’ve Been Charged With a Crime

How to Find a Good Criminal Lawyer After You’ve Been Charged With a Crime

After being charged with a crime, it is critical to find a good lawyer – and fast. When it comes to your future, trusting the first lawyer that pops up on a Google search can be a big gamble. When you are facing criminal charges, there are ways to find the best criminal defense lawyer to meet your needs. Starting Your Search For a lawyer […]

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Can you sue the military for the wrongful death of a loved one?

Can you sue the military for the wrongful death of a loved one?

Losing a family member is always traumatic. What’s worse is that when the family member was serving in the military, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to get answers about the service member’s death. In some cases, you may have to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the military to get the answers you need about your family member’s death. Yet, some family members […]

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Staff Sgt. Faces Court-Martial After Fatal West Point Crash

Staff Sgt. Faces Court-Martial After Fatal West Point Crash

Staff Sgt. Ladonies Strong, an Army soldier stationed in Georgia, will face a court-martial for her role in an accident that killed 22-year-old West Point Cadet Christopher J. Morgan. The vehicular accident took place on June 6, 2019, at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. The accident occurred outside the grounds of the academy. Little information has been released as to Staff […]

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Can I Get Chaptered for a GOMOR?

Can I Get Chaptered for a GOMOR?

A General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand (GOMOR) is an administrative letter written by a general officer that scolds a soldier for bad behavior. A GOMOR is not a good thing to receive and it can become a part of the soldier’s permanent file. Once a GOMOR is filed, the Army can use that information to file either a chapter action or a show cause board […]

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Consequences of Drug Use in the Military  

Consequences of Drug Use in the Military  

The initial decision to use drugs is a voluntary one that can then spiral out of control into addiction. Addictions alter brain chemistry. This creates changes in a person’s self-control and their ability to resist impulses compelling them to use illicit substances. Unfortunately, drug use is pervasive throughout our culture, including in our military. The difference is that when members of our armed forces abuse […]

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Navy Officer Demoted Following Conviction for Taking Photo Beside Dead Prisoner’s Body

Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was sentenced by a military jury to a demotion and reduction in pay following a conviction for taking a photo beside a dead prisoner’s body. The Navy SEAL was acquitted of the more serious charge of murder in the case of the death of a 17-year-old ISIS prisoner. On July 2, 2019, Navy SEAL Gallagher was acquitted of […]

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Domestic Violence is Now a Distinct Offense in the UCMJ

Until last year, domestic violence was not a recognized crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Servicemembers accused of domestic abuse could be charged under the UCMJ, but they’d face a variety of different charges. Some would be court-martialed for assault, while others were charged with rape or maiming. In 2018, the Uniform Code of Military Justice was formally amended to include domestic […]

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