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Military Law

Johnson & Autrey Law Firm will provide our nation’s military members with experienced and aggressive legal representation in the face of adverse military actions and discipline, such as court-martial.

We are dedicated to protecting the rights of our nation’s military members and to aggressively defending them against all manner of military adverse actions – to include court-martial trial, court-martial clemency, court-martial appeal, administrative discharge/separation, Article 15 or nonjudicial punishment (N.J.P.), Uniform Code of Military Justice (U.C.M.J.) discipline, and other military disciplinary actions, investigations and adverse actions (i.e. promotion, assignment, performance evaluation, security clearance).

Attorney Ward K. Johnson III is a retired Army colonel who specializes in defending military members in military cases. He has decades of military legal, and military justice, experience. This has earned him a reputation as a premier military trial defense litigator.

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Military Practice Areas

  • Court-Martial Trial [General Court-Martial (G.C.M.), Special Court-Martial (S.P.C.M.), Summary Court­ Martial (S.C.M.)]
  • Court-Martial Clemency [Rule for Courts-Martial (R.C.M.) 1105 and 1107, U.C.M.J. Article 60]
  • Court-Martial Appeal [Rule for Courts-Martial (R.C.M.) 1201-1205, U.C.M.J. Articles 64, 66-69]
  • U.C.M.J. Article 32 Hearing [Rule for Courts-Martial (R.C.M.) 405]
  • Administrative Discharge/Separation
  • Article 15, NonJudicial Punishment [N.J.P.], Captain’s Mast
  • Medical Evaluation Board and Physical Evaluation Board [M.E.B. andP.E.B.]
  • Flying Eval ation Board [F.E.B.]
  • Medical De-Credentialing Board
  • Administrative Discipline Actions [Counseling, Admonition, Reprimand]
  • Promotion Denial or Demotion Action
  • Re-Enlistment Issues
  • Performance Report Appeal
  • Board of Corrections for Military Records [B.C.M.R.]
  • Inspector General [I.G.] Complaints and Investigations
  • U.C.M.J. Article 138 Complaints, Congressional Complaints
  • Command Investigations [AR 15-6, C.D.I.]
“Our military members swear an oath to support and defend the constitution for all of us. We fight for them, to ensure they have experienced and zealous advocates in court, and with all levels of command, to make sure they are protected by the very constitution and rights they fight for.”

A military court-martial, board hearing or other military adverse/disciplinary action could seriously jeopardize your military career, rank, reputation, future retirement and benefits, and your freedom. You could face jail time, discharge, or other devastating professional and personal consequences. The critical decisions you make during this difficult time will affect not just your military career, they will affect your future and that of your family. Choosing an attorney to defend you is one of those critical decisions.

Military Offenses and the Uniform Code of Military Justice

The military law upon which disciplinary actions are based is the Uniform Code of Military Justice (U.C.M.J.). This can be found at 10 U.S.C. Chapter 47. It can also be found in Appendix 2 of the Manual for Courts-Martial (M.C.M.), which is the guide for conducting military court­ martial trials. Among other sections, the M.C.M. contains:

(Part II): The Rules for Courts-Martial (R.C.M.). These are the procedural rules for conducting a court-martial.

(Part Ill): The Military Rules of Evidence (M.R.E.). These are the rules regarding admissibility of evidence and testimony at trial.

(Part IV): The Punitive Articles. These are the provisions of the U.C.M.J. that describe offenses under the.Code… The punitive articles are Articles 77-134. For a complete description of the punitive articles of the U.C.M.J., please click here:

(Part V): NonJudicial Punishment Procedure. This is the guide for imposing punishment under Article 15 U.C.M.J. Depending on the service branch, this disciplinary action is referred to as “Article 15” or “NJP” or “Captain’s Mast” or “Office Hours.” In addition to this provision of the M.C.M., the service branches have their own regulations further describing their NonJudicial Punishment procedures.

The following are just some of the military offenses we defend military members against:
  • Murder, Manslaughter, Homicide [U.C.M.J. Articles 118,119, 119a, 134]
  • “War Crimes”
  • National Security Cases [M.R.E. 505]
  • Rape, Sexual Assault and Sodomy [U.C.M.J. Articles 120, 125]
  • Consensual Sex Offenses (Fraternization, Adultery) [U.C.M.J. Article 134]
  • Computer Crimes (Pornography) [U.C.M.J. Articles 92, 134]
  • Drug Offenses [U.C.M.J. Article 112a]
  • Larceny, Wrongful Appropriation, Fraud (Travel Vouchers) [U.C.M.J. Articles 121-123a
  • WOL, Desertion, Missing Movement [U.C.M.J. Articles 85, 86, 87]
  • Dereliction of Duty and Order Violations [U.C.M.J. Articles 90-92]
  • Cruelty and Maltreatment [U.C.M.J. Article 93]
  • Assault [U.C.M.J. Article 128]
  • False Official Statement [U.C.M.J. Article 107]
  • onduct Unbecoming an Officer and Gentleman [U.C.M.J. Article 133]
  • Obstruction of Justice [U.C.M.J. Article 134]
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