Category: Military Justice

Navigating the Waters of Pretrial Confinement in the Military Justice System

By Stephanie Kral | April 22, 2024

MILITARY PRETRIAL CONFINEMENT Pretrial confinement in the military is a legal process that involves keeping a servicemember in the brig before their trial. This confinement is different from civilian pretrial detention in several ways, primarily due to the unique structure and requirements of the military justice system. Kral Military Defense (“KMD”) has represented countless clients in pretrial confinement proceedings. Pretrial confinement can lead to court-martial, and you need an experienced attorney to represent you. Legal…

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Understanding Incapacitation in the Context of Article 120

By Stephanie Kral | April 2, 2024

Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) has undergone numerous revisions over the past two decades, particularly concerning offenses related to “rape and sexual assault.” In the current version of Article 120, the term “incapable” is central to defining rape and sexual assault, encompassing both the act itself and the alleged victim’s ability to consent. If an individual is rendered unconscious of administered a substance that impairs their ability to appraise or control…

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What Happens When You Fail a Drug Test in the Military?

By Stephanie Kral | February 3, 2024

The military maintains a strict “zero tolerance” policy towards drug use among its members, encompassing both the Active Component and the Reserves. This policy is rooted in the expectation that service members, trusted with the nation’s security, should refrain from engaging in any illegal activities, including the misuse of drugs. This encompasses the prohibition against using prescription drugs that have not been prescribed to the individual or using prescribed drugs in a manner not directed…

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Am I Being Charged? How To Know When You Are Facing Charges In The Military Justice System

By Stephanie Kral | September 15, 2023

We get a lot of questions at KMD from people who believe they’re being charged with a UCMJ offense in the military justice system. Here’s a guide to figuring out whether you’re being charged with a crime under the UCMJ. If you have any questions, you can always call us at 855-707-UCMJ to get all your questions answered. What happens when military police talk to you? When you get called into PMO, CID, NCIS, AFOSI,…

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Military Protective Orders And No Contact Orders

By Stephanie Kral | September 1, 2023

In the military, both Military Protective Orders (MPOs) and No Contact Orders (NCOs) are legal tools used to address issues related to interpersonal conflicts, harassment, or potential threats within the military community. However, they serve different purposes and have distinct characteristics: Military Protective Order (MPO): A Military Protective Order is issued on a DD Form 2873. After it has been issued, it is typically distributed to the protected person, the servicemember’s personnel file, and law…

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