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Article 32 Investigations

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After the preferral of the charges, a convening authority typically sends serious cases to an Article 32 Investigation. No case can proceed to a general court-martial unless the command first conducts an Article 32 Investigation. As a San Diego military attorney, I, Jeffrey Meeks, can help to protect your rights and best interests during this process.

Article 32 is a crucially important proceeding. It is an extensive evidentiary hearing conducted before a single investigating officer, typically a judge advocate. The prosecution is required to show “probable cause” to support the charges, and the defense may have the opportunity to question and cross-examine government witnesses and other relevant witnesses to the case.

There are important defense goals executed by your military lawyer at the Article 32 investigation. First, in certain cases, an effective defense effort at the Article 32 Investigation can convince the convening authority not to send the case to the felony-level general court-martial and instead resolve the matter at a lower forum, such as summary court-martial, or even dismiss the charges. Second, and more commonly, the Article 32 Investigation is used to lay the foundation for a successful defense at trial.

Too often, inexperienced active duty military lawyers do not understand the importance of the Article 32 Investigation or how it can be used to advance the defense case. Meeks Military Law has years of experience successfully litigating Article 32 Investigations and general courts-martial. If you are facing a serious military case that is slated for an Article 32 Investigation as a prelude to a general court-martial, you need talented and experience military attorneys on your side. I am prepared to aggressively defend your rights in this forum.

Schedule your free consultation by calling me at (760) 512-8161 today. As a skilled Article 32 lawyer in San Diego, I can help you address your concerns.

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