Military Urinalysis & Drug Crimes

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If you are a servicemember accused of a drug offense, you should seek an experienced defense counsel immediately. Drug offenses can end your career, depriving you of the benefits that you’ve earned, like millions of dollars in retirement pay and the GI Bill. Whether your command chooses to Article 15 / NJP and administratively separate you, or court-martial you, there is no question that in the military, you are often looked at as guilty until proven innocent, despite the presumption of innocence that the law is supposed to give you.¬†

Having run military defense offices, we know that positive urinalysis cases are often given to the most junior and inexperienced JAGs. In light of the zero-tolerance policy that every branch of service has, if you value your career, you need professional help. If you are in danger of facing military discharge for drug use contact one of our military drug lawyers today.

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At The Hanzel Law Firm, we have defended service members facing positive urinalysis, drug abuse, and drug distribution charges for drugs ranging from marijuana (THC), spice, cocaine, crack, LSD, methamphetamines, and Ecstasy to prescription drugs and steroids.

Attorney Michael Hanzel has defended countless service members charged with drug offenses, worked with and cross-examined drug lab experts and taught many of the Navy’s young JAGs how to defend these cases. Whether in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, the earlier you bring your case to us, the better off you will be.

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Understanding Military Drug Policies and Offenses

The zero-tolerance policy is one of the most well-known military policies and extends to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

Common drug offenses charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) include:

  • Drug use (positive urinalysis)
  • Drug possession
  • Drug distribution (selling or sharing drugs)
  • Making or growing drugs
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Strategies for Article 15/NJP and Administrative Discharge for Drug Offenses

If you tested positive on a urinalysis, seek legal help immediately. Even if your command does not take you to court-martial for drug use, you are almost assured to be facing punishment at Article 15 / NJP. Then, under mandatory processing regulations of every service, you will be processed for administrative separation with less than an honorable discharge. You will face complex, critical decisions at the Article 15 / NJP and administrative separation phases that you should have expert advice about. The choices you make will determine whether you are allowed to continue serving in the military and what kind of discharge you may get if you are separated. Call our military drug lawyers at The Hanzel Law Firm today to discuss your legal options.

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