Supporting your loved one when they are facing military criminal charges.
When your loved one is accused of misconduct in the military, it can be a confusing and frightening time. Here are some steps from our military criminal defense attorneys at The Griffin Law Firm that you can take to ensure that you are providing the best support possible.
1. Find out as much as you can about the situation
This includes talking to your loved one, if possible, and researching the military code of conduct and regulations that may have been violated.
While it is encouraged to try talking to your loved one, don't discuss the situation with others unless your loved one gives you permission. Talking about the situation can add stress and make it more difficult for your loved one to focus on their case.
2. Stay calm and supportive
In this instance, you may be tempted to express outrage or disbelief, but try to avoid doing so, as it can further stress your loved one out. Let them know that you believe in them and support them through this tough time.
Be prepared for a long road ahead. Your loved one may be facing a lengthy investigation and possible court-martial. They will need your support throughout the process. Keep in mind that they are going through a lot of stress and may not be thinking clearly. Be patient and understanding, and don't push them too hard. Remember that your loved one is going through a difficult time, and they need your support now more than ever.
3. Maintain communication with your loved one’s chain of command
If your loved one is in the military and has been accused of misconduct, it is also important to try to maintain communication with their chain of command. This will help keep you informed of the situation and ensure that you have all the information they need. It can also help to build a relationship with their chain of command, which may be helpful if there is a trial or other legal proceedings.
Remember to stay positive and supportive, even if you don't agree with the decisions that have been made.
4. Speak to military chaplains if you feel traumatized or worried
If you are feeling traumatized or worried because your loved one has been accused of misconduct in the military, you can speak to a military chaplain. Chaplains are available to help service members and their families deal with a range of issues, including stress, anxiety, and mental health concerns. They can also provide support if you are concerned about your loved one's well-being. If you need help finding a chaplain, your loved one’s unit commander or unit members can direct you to one.
5. Seek legal assistance
If your loved one is currently serving in the military and has been accused of misconduct, it's important to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. This is a difficult time for both you and your loved one, and you need someone on your loved one’s side to help them navigate through the process.
You may contact our military defense law firm, The Griffin Law Firm, for a free consultation. We have years of experience helping service members defend themselves against accusations of misconduct. We'll work tirelessly to get the best outcome for your loved one.