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.
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