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Williams Stone, PC, Delivers Veteran-Honed Criminal Defense

At Williams Stone, PC, our defense lawyers, Anthony Williams, Eric Stone and Chapman Good, are professionals with rich backgrounds in law and military service. Anthony Williams, having served as a military judge, criminal defense attorney and senior appellate defense attorney, brings a vast knowledge of both military and civilian legal systems. His time as a judge advocate has equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the law’s various facets.

Eric Stone, a retired Marine, is well-versed in military, family and criminal law. His experience as a judge advocate general includes defending cases related to courts-martial, Article 32 and command investigations, and managing legal issues like AWOL, desertion, security clearance revocation, and Article 15s. His military background informs his legal expertise, offering a unique perspective on the intersection of military protocol and legal processes.

Chapman Good’s career trajectory began in the Marine Corps in 2005, where he served as a rifleman and participated in Operation Enduring Freedom twice. Transitioning to the legal field, he embarked on his journey as a paralegal in 2013 after leaving the Marines. His on-the-ground military experience, coupled with his legal training, allows him to approach legal challenges with a practical and disciplined mindset.

Together, we combine our military experiences and legal acumen to address a range of legal matters with precision and authority. Our collective expertise underscores a solid commitment to upholding the law within the military and civilian spheres. We are here to answer your pressing concerns about military investigations and their impact on your life and career and to guide you through the complexities of legal privileges and investigation processes.

Military Criminal Defense FAQ

Here are brief answers to a few frequently asked questions we hear at Williams Stone, PC. For legal advice and counsel, you will need a fierce defender in military criminal defense. Call us at 540-643-9260 for a free case review.

Do I need to tell my military superiors about a civilian arrest?

Typically, you must report it. But what and how you disclose is crucial. Keep in mind that it could be risky to share all of the details with your chain of command. They cannot keep your confessions secret. Our attorneys can guide you on what to say and when.

Could civilian charges affect my military standing?

Yes, civilian offenses can trigger military discipline. Early legal advice is critical to safeguarding your military career.

Will my spouse or partner be forced to testify against me?

It is complex. While spouses might have protections, others do not. We will dive deep into the laws to protect you.

Can a military investigation affect child custody?

Yes, it might. Custody courts consider a parent’s character and stability. The investigation’s findings can influence custody outcomes.

Do I have to testify in my military case?

You have the power to choose. Like in civilian court, you cannot be forced to take the stand.

Should I allow a military investigator to search my property?

Protect your property. Refusing a search is often your best move. If you have already complied, seek our guidance immediately.

When facing military investigators, should I talk to them?

Hold your ground and use your Article 31 rights. Silence is your shield, even if you are innocent. Speaking can backfire, so choose to stay quiet. Sometimes, military investigators have been known to trick people into talking. Your best defense is silence and getting a lawyer on your side.

Will I have to leave or move into military housing if under investigation?

Housing decisions depend on the crime’s severity and other factors. Safety or legal reasons may prompt relocation, subject to command discretion.

Will an investigation impact my military retirement?

Misconduct allegations can endanger retirement benefits. Protecting your retirement rights is a critical focus in resolving your case.

Will I be confined before the trial if investigated?

Investigation alone does not justify a pretrial confinement. Additional evidence is needed. Remember that being investigated means there are claims or evidence against you. Not all inquiries lead to court-martial, but do not assume you will not be confined or face charges. If confinement is a possibility, get legal help at once.

How does a criminal investigation impact my security clearance?

It can be a game-changer. Investigations weigh heavily on clearance eligibility, but we will help you present mitigating factors to fight for your clearance.

Does an investigation halt promotions or transfers?

Your advancement can be blocked by your command during an investigation, even if you are on the promotion list.

How does an inquiry affect my academy credits or degree?

Your completed credits remain yours, but pending graduation can be affected. Academies may require repayment if you do not finish your degree and service obligation.

Does a Military Protective Order (MPO) limit my right to buy firearms?

MPOs, issued within military jurisdiction for protection, may affect firearm purchase eligibility, as declared on Form 4473.

We Stand With You On A Foundation Of Courage, Integrity And Dedication

Our battle-tested lawyers fight fearlessly, guide you with honesty and dedicate ourselves to your defense. Reach out to us, and let’s stand firm together. We fight with courage, uphold integrity and serve with dedication. We stand with you, ready to defend your rights in military criminal cases, from assault and drunk driving to fraud and appeals. Our aim is to safeguard your military career against civilian charges and strive to protect your security clearance. For unwavering support, contact us for a free case review. Call Williams Stone, PC, at 540-643-9260 or send us an online inquiry for a free consultation.