Military Attorney for NJP/Article 15 Defense/Appeals Located in Norfolk and Serving all of Virginia
All Military service members have the RIGHT to obtain their own civilian counsel prior to accepting Commanding Officer’s Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP) or Article 15. When your career is on the line you need Rick Morris, a military criminal defense lawyer with the experience you need to help protect your rights and your military career.
Article 15 Defense and Appeals
Rick Morris will Aggressively fight for your military career if you are facing Article 15 or NJP. Rick Morris is retired from the U.S. Navy serving as a Chief Legalman (E-7), as a Legal Officer, and as a Staff Judge Advocate as a Navy LDO Law and isn’t worried about getting promoted or offending a superior officer – Rick Morris will use the full force of all his experience and fight to Aggressively Protect your Rights!
Non-judicial Punishment (NJP) Appeals Attorney
Appeal your NJP hearing. Rick Morris can use his extensive experience and prepare a written appeal to your NJP and assist in having your NJP overturned. Whether your punishment is too harsh and unjust – or the Commanding Officer just got the facts wrong and you are not guilty – you have the right to submit a written appeal to the Commanding Officer’s SUPERIOR to have your case reviewed. Rick Morris has had great success representing clients appealing their NJP – and he can assist you.
Non-judicial punishment (NJP) or Article 15 in the United States military, is a form of military justice authorized by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. When a service member is punished under Non-judicial punishment the commander is authorized to administratively discipline troops or sailors without a court-martial or formal criminal charges. The Punishments can range from reprimand to reduction in rank, correctional custody (aboard ships only), forfeiture of pay, extra duty, and/or restriction. When a service member receives non-judicial punishment it does not constitute a criminal conviction and has no record of a formal criminal charge, but is placed in the official service record. The process for non-judicial punishment is governed by Part V of the Manual for Courts-Martial and by each service branch’s regulations. Although the punishment received at NJP is less severe than a court-martial, it can have detrimental effects on the service member’s career and affect their security clearance and their ability to be retained in the U.S. Military. If you have questions concerning your rights contact Rick Morris, a Military Criminal Defense Lawyer.