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Summary Court Martial

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At Meeks Military Law, clients will find a team that is committed to providing thorough, experienced, and highly skilled legal services when they need it most. The complexities that accompany military law matters mean that having a qualified guide to fight for you is a must. No matter what kind of charges are against you, Meeks Military Law’s military attorney in San Diego has everything you need to protect your best interests.

Understanding a Summary Court Martial

This is the lowest form of court-martial and is normally used for minor offenses. Summary courts-martial lie somewhere between nonjudicial punishments and special courts-martial. A summary court-martial is not considered a criminal trial and does not result in a criminal conviction unless the member is represented by a military lawyer during the hearing. Service members are not entitled to government-funded military lawyers in this forum. The rules of evidence apply at a SCM and service members have the right to cross-examine witnesses.

Importantly, service members can refuse summary courts-martial. Those who refuse summary court-martial will likely face special courts-martial instead. In certain cases, commands like to use summary courts-martial instead of nonjudicial punishments because one available punishment is confinement for 30 days. Confinement provides a visible deterrent to other members of the command. Further, service members E-4 and below can be reduced all the way to E-1. E-5 and above can be reduced one pay grade.

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If you are facing summary court-martial, you should seek legal counsel to help you to decide whether to accept this forum. San Diego military attorney Jeffery Meeks has decades of experience counseling and representing service members facing this important decision.

Call now at (760) 512-8161 for your free consultation.

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