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Urinalysis & Drug Abuse Defense Attorneys

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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.

At The Hanzel Law Firm, we have defended servicemembers 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. Lauren Hanzel taught many of the Navy and Marine Corps legal officers who will represent the government against you, and she has brought in Navy drug lab experts to lecture at Naval Justice School courses. Attorney Michael Hanzel has defended countless servicemembers 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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Drug Offenses in the Military

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

Article 15/NJP and Administrative Discharge Board for Urinalysis / Drug Offenses

If you tested positive on a urinalysis, seek legal help immediately. Even if your command does not take you to a court-martial, 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 The Hanzel Law Firm today to discuss your legal options.

Don't proceed with your case without first speaking with a qualified legal professional. Call our offices at (843) 202-4714 today. Our team is ready to speak with you.

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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.