Fort Walton Beach Military Arrest Attorneys
If you are a service member accused of a crime in Fort Walton Beach or Okaloosa County you are faced with two important questions, (1) Who can I trust to protect my civilian rights as a person accused of a crime? and (2) Can my military career be saved?
My name is Tim Flaherty. Since 2001, I have been defending military members accused of crimes in Fort Walton Beach and throughout Okaloosa County. Brandy Merrifield is my partner. Criminal Defense is the only area of law we have ever practiced.
If you are ready to work with local attorneys with a track record of successfully defending military clients in Fort Walton Beach, call Flaherty Defense Firm at (850) 243-6097. We’ll be glad to talk with you about your charges, your options, and what we can do to help. There is no charge for the call, and at the very least, you’ll get your questions answered and some peace of mind.
You protect our country. Flaherty Defense Firm will protect your future.
As a service member, you are dealing with this on two different levels: You have the criminal case in civilian court, and you also have the military side to worry about.
Whether you are stationed at Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field AFB, Duke Field, or you are with 7th Group, we can help you. If you are stationed at another base but were here on TDY, we can help you. Securing the right result on the civilian side can have huge positive impacts on the military side.
Career killing charges for military members in Fort Walton Beach
In civilian court, military personnel will face the same penalties as anyone else, in addition to any further sanctions or separation the military may impose. While we are prepared to defend our military clients with any type of criminal case in Fort Walton Beach, the charges we see most commonly for military members are:
No matter what you are charged with, we will not judge you or jump to any conclusions. Instead, we will listen to you and develop an effective defense strategy that gives you the best possible chance of success.
What will a conviction do to my military career?
Chances are, the military will wait for the civilian court to make a decision before imposing any penalties or sanctions; however, that is not always the case. Right now, before your case has even been to court, your command may be deciding whether or not to:
- Impose extra duty
- Reduce your rank
- Confine you to post
- Submit a Letter of Reprimand (LOR)
- Suspend deployment or PCS orders
- Article 15
- Court martial or separation board
While no two cases or outcomes are the same for military personnel, what you can expect from me is clear and straightforward legal advice. We understand the pressure you are under from command to get this taken care. We will do everything possible to get the result that will protect and save your career.
How Can an Attorney Fight the Criminal Charge Against Me?
Right now you have been accused of a crime, not convicted. Now is the time to have experienced criminal attorneys working for you. We will evaluate the evidence, speak to witnesses, hear your side of the story and formulate a defense to position you in the best light possible.
In some cases having an attorney on board from the beginning can influence the formal charges filed against you. Sometimes, we are able to get the state to amend or dismiss the charges against our clients in the beginning. Although most cases resolve without a trial, we prepare every case for trial. The prosecutors in Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa County know that we will not back down without a fight.
We will do whatever it takes to protect your career.
If you are a military member who has been arrested in Fort Walton Beach or anywhere in Okaloosa County, we can help. Call Flaherty Defense Firm at (850) 243-6097.