What should you know if you are under investigation by the military?
Military Investigative Agencies
Each military service has its own investigative agency.
- Navy and Marine Corps: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
- Air Force: Office of Special Investigations (OSI)
- Army: Criminal Investigation Division (CID)
- Coast Guard: Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS)
These agencies investigate what we typically think of as “felony-level” offenses, such as drug offenses, sexual assault, homicide, child endangerment, and BAH or DTS fraud. They also investigate terrorism and engage in counterintelligence operations.
If you are under investigation by NCIS, OSI, CID, or CGIS, it is very important for you to know your rights. You should ask to speak to a lawyer immediately and refuse to consent to any search before you have spoken to a lawyer. The Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Coast Guard do not provide servicemembers with representation by a defense counsel during the investigative stage. However, obtaining the advice of a civilian attorney can help you make the best choices to protect your rights and give you the strongest chance of success.
Remember, you should invoke your right to remain silent. It may be tempting to want to “tell your side of the story,” but if you make a statement during the investigative stage, it could impact the outcome of your case. Even if you have already made a statement, there are still many steps that a skilled military defense attorney can take to get you the best outcome possible. That is why it is important to call Steph to discuss your case.
As a highly-experience defense counsel and senior prosecutor, Steph has been involved in hundreds of military investigations. She knows how investigators put their cases together. She can give you advice and guidance about what happens during an investigation, what the accusations really mean, and what you should do to protect yourself. The earlier you get Steph involved, the more likely it is that your case can be resolved favorably. Don’t hesitate to call.
Commanders are authorized to conduct their own investigations. In the Navy, for example, it is called a “JAGMAN Investigation.” Commanders typically appoint Investigating Officers to investigate offenses like sexual harassment, hostile work environment, property loss or destruction, or other offenses that do not warrant a law enforcement investigation.
Servicemembers have a number of important rights during command investigations, and Steph provides advice and guidance during the process. Because command investigations can result in disciplinary action that can impact a member’s military career, it is important to consult with Steph early to develop an effective defense strategy.
Other Military Investigations
Steph has experience defending servicemembers during Inspector General (IG) Investigations, Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) investigations, and other types of military investigations.
Get Advice from a Skilled Military Defense Attorney
If you are under investigation, contact Steph immediately to get help from an experienced military defense attorney. Your initial consultation with her is free. When you call, you will speak directly with Steph. Call 619-376-6820.
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