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Accused of a Military Sex Crime?

Nothing can threaten a person's military career quite like a military sex crime can. After ample national scrutiny and media coverage-not to mention the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY14-several changes have been made to the way military members are tried for sex crimes.

If you or a loved one has been accused of this serious crime, you need to take immediate legal action by retaining representation from an El Paso criminal defense attorney such as myself. Not only could you be facing dishonorable and early discharge if convicted, but you could also live the rest of your civilian life as a registered sex offender.

As the founder of The Law Office of Leonard Morales, I have handled thousands of cases of military crimes, including sex crimes, and I am confident in my abilities to represent you. As a trial attorney with extensive military experience, I have the unique skills and legal insight needed to aggressively and strategically fight for the most favorable case outcome for my clients.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY14

The passing of NDAA in 2013 has instituted several changes to the way military cases are prosecuted in our country. These changes could potentially affect your military sex crime case, which is why it is essential that you have a skilled and knowledgeable defense lawyer at your side who understand this legislation.

Among the Act's many changes are:

  • Section 1703 - "Eliminates the five-year statute of limitations with respect to UCMJ actions for sexual assault and sexual assault of a child."
  • Section 1704 - "Requires the defense counsel under a UCMJ proceeding to make any request to interview the alleged victim of a sex-related offense, whom the trial counsel of the alleged victim intends to call to testify at a preliminary hearing, through the trial counsel. Requires an interview of any such individual to take place only in the presence of trial counsel, a counsel for the victim, or a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate."
  • Section 1705 - "Requires mandatory dismissal or dishonorable discharge of a person found guilty under the UCMJ of rape, sexual assault, forcible sodomy, or an attempt thereof. Provides that only general courts-martial have jurisdiction over such offenses."

Protect your military career and future! Contact my firm today.

As a former active duty military member, I not only understand the military's highly complex judicial system and Court Martial rules, but I also understand military culture. Should you choose to entrust your case to my firm, you can be sure that it will be in good hands. I am licensed to practice in all military courts and I do not shy away from taking on difficult cases or those that could potentially garner negative press coverage. Don't live in El Paso, TX? I am willing to travel if your case requires it.

For more information about how I can protect your rights and military career, please contact me as soon as possible.

After dutifully serving your country, you deserve to make an honorable return to civilian life.

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