General Court Martial
Military and Veterans Law Center of San Diego, CA

General Court Martial Lawyer

As a service member, you are held to a higher standard than the average citizen. You are expected to put your nation before yourself, be willing to live anywhere the United States needs you to live, and even be willing to give your life for the nation’s safety and your fellow citizens. When you enlisted, you promised to follow the regulations of the U.S. Military, and you have likely worked very hard to do so.

That is why it can be so painful to receive a court-martial. After possibly many years of dedication to your country, you are being accused of a serious crime. You are being brought before not just your fellow citizens but also fellow military members to defend yourself. It can be a scary time. If you face a general court martial at one of the military bases in the San Diego area, you need a lawyer to help you through it.

What is a Court Martial?

The Court-Martial system is set out in the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It is similar to the trial system in civilian courts but explicitly reserved for members of the military. It also has many of its own idiosyncrasies. If you face a court-martial, it is vital to have an expert on your side to help you navigate the system. You can trust the experience of San Diego military lawyer, Stephen Brodsky.


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    What is a General Court Martial?

    A General Court Martial is the most serious kind. It can only be convened by a small group of people: the President, the Secretary of Defense, the Commanding Officer of a major military installation, a General, or a Flag Officer. The jury will be made up of five members, and you may request that one-third of them are enlisted personnel if you are enlisted.

    If you have been summoned to a General Court Martial near San Diego, it is likely because you have been accused of a serious crime, such as homicide, drug distribution, sexual assault, child abuse, or another violent crime. You have most likely already gone through an Article 32 Investigation.

    The consequences from a General Court Martial can be severe. They can include a dishonorable discharge, confinement for life without parole, or even the death penalty. A General Court Martial is something to take extremely seriously, and you will want to make sure that you have the best possible lawyer on your side. You’ll need your best defense; knowing what that is takes experience.

    Why Choose Stephen Brodsky

    If you have been summoned to a general court-martial in San Diego, you should give Stephen Brodsky a call. Mr. Brodsky has been defending clients for more than twenty years and has over 100 trial cases of experience. He can determine your best defense and help you throughout the process.

    Mr. Brodsky has experience in both military and civilian law. He was a U.S. Navy Jag Corps Attorney and is well known for helping his clients avoid a guilty verdict. He is also a disabled veteran who has committed his career to helping his fellow service members and veterans. As an attorney, he is well-versed in the unique challenges of a General Court Martial and will work with you closely to understand your case and who you are to have the best defense possible. You can count on him to work tirelessly for you.