If you are (or you know) a Military Attorney, then you know how much that you have to keep up with in order to ensure that you’re going to be able to know what changes are happening on a regular basis. There are always new things going on in the system. Here are 5 of the newest changes and nuances that have happened in the military system during the past few years.
- How sexual offenses are dealt with. This used to be something that was dealt with in one way, but now the rules and such have gotten a lot stricter. We know that sexual assault is common in the military, so it’s vital that people who are accused of it get prosecuted and have things taken care of in a proper way. The system has now, finally, caught up to this and is taking action to make sure that the issues at hand don’t get worse.
- How the LGBT community is treated and taken care of. Before “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” was repealed, the LGBT community was severely mistreated and ignored, even though they were serving their country with a lot of faith and honor. Nowadays, they have a lot more rights than they used to and more people are supporting them in ways that they need to be supported. The military justice community parallels this change and does all it can in order to keep LGBT servicemen and women safe.
- You now have the right to choose who your counsel is going to be, whether civilian or military. You used to have to take someone that was part of the military counsel of attorneys in order to be the one to take care of what you needed. However, if you feel like you can’t actually find someone with enough experience to take care of the issues at hand, then it may be wiser for you to go ahead and look around to see whether or not you’re going to be able to find someone that is going to be able to meet the needs you have in court.
- The National Guardsmen also have the ability to be court martialed and dealt with in the military courts. The National Guard used to not be under the military courts, but now they have become part of the greater military and can be taken to court just the same. It makes for more help and safety and makes sure that they are going to be held accountable for the things that they are doing when they happen.
- You always have the right to remain silent. As with any legal procedure, you always have the right to remain silent and you’re going to get the help that you need in order to ensure that you can actually get the help necessary to take care of the issues that you may be accused of, now or in the future.