What impact will a civilian arrest have on my military career?
For service members, a civilian arrest can be particularly troublesome. So, not only do military members have to deal with the civilian side, the criminal case, going to court, and all of the things that go along with that, they also have the military side. For a service member, more often than not, a criminal conviction is a career killer. That’s exactly how we look at these cases. We take them as serious as somebody’s life, because that’s exactly what it means for a service member.
More often than not, the military will try to defer to the civilian court and say “We’re going to wait and find out what the civilian court does before we release a service member.” Lately, what we’ve seen is the military is making decisions before the civilian court has made a determination as to guilt or innocence, so a lot of service members are being discharged long before their civilian case has been resolved. Because of this, we move our cases for our military members as fast as we possibly can, because their life, their career, and their family are hanging in the balance while this criminal case is pending.
If you’re a member of the United States military and you’ve been arrested for a civilian offense, contact Flaherty Defense Firm today. You’ve spent your life defending us. Let us defend you.