Military Practice Areas
Cherkasky Law is the best military law attorneys you will find across a wide range of practice areas. From Courts-Martial, Article 15s, administrative actions, appeals, correction of military records, and much more, we are the premier firm for any military matter. If you are looking for a military lawyer, we are the firm for you.
Court-Martial Defense Attorneys
We have become famous for our court-martial defense team across all branches of military service – U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. We have tremendous experience defending and prosecuting some of the most serious crimes that have occurred in the military in recent years.
We know how frightening it can be to hear your commander or first sergeant say you’re getting court-martialed. It seems like everyone is against you, and it’s generally true. When UCMJ action is brought against a military member, it is generally a well organized campaign by command to bring you down. We know many of the local prosecutors and military defense counsel, and our reputation for hard work and aggressive defense will give you the edge you need no matter what type of allegation you’re fighting.
Sexual Assault Defense Attorneys
In recent years the military has been criticized for its handling of sexual assault allegations. Instead of taking a measured approach to fixing real and discernible problems in the administration of justice in the UCMJ setting, the military has taken a carpet bomb approach to ANY AND ALL allegation of sexual assault, no matter how ridiculous.
The great majority of our practice is in the defense of military members accused of sexual assault and rape. We are highly specialized in this area, and have years of experience fighting and winning these cases. We work with the best and most experienced experts in the field, employ the latest techniques in technology and litigation in the courtroom, and prepare our case strategy and cross-examination differently than all other attorneys out there. There is a reason we are known for sexual assault defense – because our track record of wins speaks for itself.
If you are facing an allegation of rape or any type of sexual assault in the military call immediately to discuss your case. You cannot begin preparing your defense early enough in these cases. This type of allegation poses the risk of a federal conviction, punitive discharge from the service, lengthy confinement, and lifelong registration as a sexual offender. You cannot risk your future with attorneys who don’t have the experience and knowledge to fight tooth and nail for you to avoid these disastrous outcomes.
Article 15 and Nonjudicial Punishment Defense
Receiving an Article 15 or Nonjudicial Punishment can be a career killer, and the punishment imposed can have years of lasting effects on dedicated service members. We represent military members served with this type of paperwork and discuss the options of turning it down and demanding a trial by court-martial, or accepting it and fighting their case with the imposing commander.
In cases where our clients “accept” the paperwork, our work has just begun. We don’t roll over and allow our clients to “apologize” when they’re not guilty. We fight hard to convince the commander to withdraw the Article 15 or nonjudicial punishment. We put together the strongest defense possible, including a legal analysis of the evidence, character letters, and exhibits showcasing the problems with the case. Our success rate at the Article 15 and nonjudicial punishment forum is exceptionally high – we have convinced many commanders to withdraw these actions after serving them on our clients. As we tell our clients every day – there is a good reason to believe in justice because you can beat these actions!
We represent U.S. Army members served with a General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand (GOMOR) and put together strong rebuttals on their behalf. We have a very high success rate convincing commanders to either withdraw the GOMOR entirely, or file it locally for one year, allowing our clients to continue their careers with little or no impact. Don’t rely on free counsel to edit a response you’ve drafted for yourself. You need someone with experience who knows what the Generals want to see in these responses.
We proudly represent medical providers who are facing credentialing action by their service. We have vast experience fighting allegations related to standard of care, record keeping, and other allegations impacting providers. These cases are complicated. You need someone with experience dealing with these rules and regulations on your side – not a new military defense counsel navigating it for the first time.
Board of Correction (BCMR) Representation
Our firm represents service members looking to correct their military service records or discharge codes with the Boards of Correction. We work with our clients to put together strong petitions to justify our request for correction and guide you in gathering all of the documents and evidence we need to pursue your request.
Civilian Appellate Defense Attorneys
After you’ve been convicted at a court-martial, you know your fight is not over. You have several levels of appeal to raise factual and legal issues with your case, and you need someone with experience to review your Record of Trial (ROT) and identify these issues on your behalf.
Our firm represent members of all branches of service at the Military appellate courts, including the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, the Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Court of Appeal for the Armed Forces (CAAF).
We have experience at all levels of post-trial processing, including clemency, appeals to the Service Courts, and appeals to CAAF. We fight hard to present issues that will get you relief after your trial is over. With our firm, you get the benefit of having trial practitioners review your record. We know what to look for in your Record of Trial and we are there for you consistently throughout the process, even when you’re in the brig. We are located in Southern California and are able to easily visit our clients serving their sentence at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar. We also represent clients at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, and many other smaller confinement facilities, making it our priority to be there for you every step of the way as you begin your transition back to civilian life.