Protecting South Carolina Residents Who Fought for Our Country

Military Defense Attorneys

Proudly Serving U.S. Military Personnel at Home and Oversees

If you have been accused of a crime, you likely have urgent concerns about your rights, your options, and your future. It is important to get legal advice as early as possible in the process, and we are standing by to help you. If you are a servicemember, you face uniquely high stakes when confronted with a criminal allegation—stakes that can derail your military career, costing you your GI Bill, millions of dollars in retirement, your honorable discharge, and even your freedom. If you are a South Carolina resident, you face the loss of freedom, loss of money, and loss of reputation.

It is essential that you retain experienced, aggressive attorneys that know how to assert your rights. At The Hanzel Law Firm, we understand the complexity of the South Carolina criminal justice system, the Federal Court System, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), the military Administrative Separation process, and how to make effective complaints. We know what it takes to protect our clients and to assert their rights and are confident we can help you.


Do not hesitate to be proactive in your defense. Contact our offices today to request a free consultation with our team.


Representing Servicemen & Women

We understand that every case is unique. We have represented Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Coastguardsmen for many areas, including: Charleston, Beaufort, and Fort Stewart, South Carolina; Whidbey Island, Bremerton, Bangor, Everett and Seattle, Washington; Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Oceana, Little Creek, Dam Neck, Fort Eustis. Fort Lee and Portsmouth, Virginia; Naval Station Rota, Spain; San Diego, Naval Air Station Lemoore, Miramar, Los Angeles and Alameda, California; Jacksonville, Mayport, Key West, and Miami, Florida; Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, and Atlanta, Georgia; Alaska; North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Washington DC, and many other locations.

We have also been stationed overseas and have spent time in Iraq, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, in Naples and Sigonella, Italy, and on ships at sea in the Arabian Gulf. We have experience traveling to clients and crime scenes and will not hesitate to do that if it will help you with your case.

We serve clients in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio ,Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washiongton D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Europe and around the globe.

Developing Winning Defense Strategies

Whether it is initiating an investigation into abuses at a military facility, determining a strategy for winning a high-profile court-martial rape trial, or identifying the right time to deal and saving a client 30+ years in the brig with an exceptional pre-trial agreement (PTA), we understand how to evaluate cases. If you are falsely accused, you need someone on your side who will fight to exonerate you. If the evidence is against you, you may need a veteran negotiator to achieve the best deal possible. Whether you are facing the loss of your career, adverse administrative action, or criminal accusations, you can count on us to protect your rights, just as we have for hundreds of servicemembers as JAGs on active duty. If you would like to appeal an unjust result, make a complaint, or force the Government to investigate abuses of authority, we have the experience you need because we have been there and done it successfully. We value your side of the story and will listen carefully to what your goals are. In every case, with every client, our promise to you is that we will work with you to help you understand what you are facing, provide honest feedback and advice, and fight to achieve the best outcome for you.

At The Hanzel Law Firm, we assess each case for:

  • Constitutional rights violations
  • Chain-of-custody/evidentiary issues
  • Evidence or testimony that should be suppressed from trial
  • Improper conduct by law enforcement investigators
  • Mischaracterization of the evidence by the prosecution
  • Missed evidence and witnesses

Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Abusive Sexual Contact

At The Hanzel Law Firm, we have a great deal of experience representing military clients accused of sexual offenses. With the political environment prevailing in the military and on college campuses today, even an accusation of a sexual offense can be devastating. If you are accused of a sexual offense, you are walking through a minefield. You should not wait to retain an experienced military defense lawyer who knows how to handle investigators, experts, and the criminal justice system. Call us today for a free consultation if you need help.

Urinalysis, Drug Use, Drug Possession, Drug Distribution

A positive urinalysis for THC (marijuana), cocaine, spice, meth, Adderall, steroids, and other illegal drugs or prescription drugs often leads to servicemembers being taken to Article 15/NJP/Captain’s Mast and then being administratively separated for wrongful drug use. It can also lead to court-martial. Did you know that there are ways to fight a positive urinalysis to save your career? If you are in this position, you need help. Our experienced approach has saved servicemembers’ careers who were in that position. That has been worth millions of dollars when those servicemembers faced the loss of their retirement, and in the case of junior enlisted it has saved their GI Bills, worth thousands of dollars in college tuition. If you tested positive on a urinalysis or have been accused of a drug offense, call us today for a free consultation

Fighting to Protect Your Rights, Career & Future—The Hanzel Law Firm. Call our offices at (843) 202-4714 today to learn more.

Whether On or Off Active Duty, We Achieve Results.

Why Put The Hanzel Law Firm On Your Side?
  • Proven Track Record as JAGS & Former Servicemembers

    Throughout our 20-plus years of combined experience in the military justice system, we have achieved outstanding results for our clients, both at court-martial and in administrative boards.

  • We Know the Criminal Justice System Inside & Out

    Our attorneys have seen the best and worst of our justice system. We do what it takes to navigate you through its complexities.

  • We Will Fight For Your Constitutional Rights

    As JAGs, we swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We protect your rights and fighting for your freedom.

  • Zealous & Ethical Legal Advocacy

    After serving on active duty we have since devoted ourselves to standing up for fellow servicemembers and South Carolina citizens.