How We Help

We Understand

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First, we know the stress and anxiety you or your loved ones are feeling. 

“Don believed in my son from day one and relentlessly fought for him.” Dina, 2023

We also understand that the “unknown” regarding the process you face can cause crushing anxiety when that’s the last thing you or a loved one needs. Our military lawyers are dedicated to bringing experience to your trial team and alleviating unnecessary anxiety by making sure that we are available to you when you need us and that you are fully informed and involved at every step in the process.

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Next, we know how to win the war you face. If you find yourself in need of a military attorney, whether for a criminal or administrative issue or a military appeal, know this: the “war” will be made up of many battles, from the beginning of the investigation or accusation through the complexities of a court martial trial or administrative hearing, to the intricacies of the security clearance process.

“[KML] Was Relentless, Professional And So Competent” Michael Whitmon, 2024

Like war, each battle must be fought to win, but the best military attorneys understand that the goal must be to ultimately win the war. When selecting someone to fight on your behalf, ensure that your military lawyer not only has experience at winning each of the battles you might face but knows how to win the “war.”

For court-martial cases, the beginning of this “war” is usually the investigation or allegation stage. You need an experienced military trial attorney who knows what the investigators and decision-makers consider and care about, for the first battle and the best “win” is to have the difficulty you face dismissed in the earliest stages of the process with no further ramifications to you or your career. That ends the war, and you get your life back. But this requires a military lawyer who knows that world, who has guided the law enforcement agents investigating the allegations, a military lawyer who knows what they look for and how they collect it, a military lawyer who knows where and how they make mistakes.

If the investigation is forwarded for a prosecution decision, you need a military lawyer who has advised the people who decide what to do with that investigation; a military lawyer who knows what factors these individual use, what matters to them, and how to use that information to your advantage. The decision to charge you with a crime, process you for separation from the military, or issue you a written reprimand is often based upon factors that a good argument may influence. To make that argument, your military lawyer must know what those factors are.

“I was facing a hopeless situation and risked losing everything my family sacrificed for during my 19 year career. At my lowest point my spouse called King Military Law to see if they could help us—she knew from that first conversation that we would hire KML [and] hiring KML was without a doubt the right move.” Jacob, 2023

Expert Military Trial Attorneys

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If your case goes to trial or a board, you need an “expert” in the courtroom. Trials or administrative hearings are battles that require meticulous planning and thorough preparation and can be won or lost on the smallest detail. You need a military lawyer who understands this complex process and how to persuade; a military lawyer who understands what the jurors are thinking, what the judge is likely to do and why; someone who is ready to react in the split-second when it matters.

BE CAREFUL HERE! TRIAL WORK IS LIKE DANGEROUS SURGERY–WHEN EVERYTHING IS ON THE LINE WHEN THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ROOM FOR ERROR–EXPERIENCE MATTERS. TRIAL WORK IS COMPLEX AND REQUIRES METICULOUS PREPARATION AND MASTERY OF THE COURTROOM, THE RULES, AND THE PROCESS. SUCH MASTERY IS GAINED ONLY AFTER SPENDING A CAREER BEING IN THAT COURTROOM–A MILITARY LAWYER WHO HAS NOT ONLY TRIED MANY CASES BUT HAS WORKED IN EVERY ROLE INSIDE A COURTROOM: AS A PROSECUTOR, DEFENSE COUNSEL, AND EVEN JUDGE. IF YOU NEED A TRIAL LAWYER, YOU NEED EXPERIENCE. AND THAT’S WHAT KML OFFERS.

Finally, if the trial or administrative hearing is not to be the final battle, you need someone who understands the appeal process.

Military Appeals

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The military criminal process is far from perfect. Whether it’s the investigator violating your rights or the trial judge making a mistake during the trial, convictions may be “overturned” on appeal, resulting in those convicted of a crime or erroneously separated from the service getting their lives and careers back. See examples of Don’s work in a case that shows the absolute importance of having an experienced military trial lawyer, and in a case that demonstrates the mistakes that can be made at trial, and a case that demonstrates the need for a military trial lawyer with appellate experience. After years as a Senior Appellate Judge, Don knows what makes a difference, knows why, and knows how to make sure the government’s failure to follow the rules works in your favor. Read more about appeals here.

“A true military justice expert and premier appellate judge. Elevated to Senior Judge . . . detailed to the most novel . . . pressing issues in a rapidly-involving military justice landscape.” Chief Judge of the Navy, 2016

But, while an appeal can often be a “second chance,” the rules that govern appeals are complex and often require action WHEN THE MISTAKE IS MADE AT TRIAL. If your military lawyer doesn’t make that objection or take that action, you may FORFEIT that second chance. Unfortunately, most military trial lawyers have little familiarity with appellate work so aren’t as familiar with what actions matter. Sadly, many appellate issues are lost before the trial is even over. When you pick a civilian military lawyer to fight this war for you, choose one who not only knows how to win at trial but knows how to ensure you don’t lose your “second chance” options, just in case you need them.

See an example of a recent KML appeal win.

Remember: battling the military bureaucracy–whether you are fighting for your freedom, your security clearance, or your job–is a war. You need a military lawyer who has fought those wars hundreds of times, who understands them, and who knows how to win them.

We hope this has been useful. Please call us for a free consultation if you think we can help.

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