Few things matter more to a Soldier than his or her honor and professional reputation. Facing an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing – whether it is a 15-6 investigation conducted by the command, an inquiry into an Inspector General (IG) complaint, or a criminal investigation – is a direct threat to your honor and your professional reputation as a leader. As such, it may be the most frightening test of your career – in some ways, maybe even more frightening than facing the enemy on the field of battle.
A Soldier under investigation faces a torturous dilemma: on the one hand, to sit passively and allow the investigation to run its course places in the initiative in the hands of your accuser, whose allegations then shape the course of the inquiry. For this reason, your first impulse may be to try and set the record straight by cooperating with the investigation. But this very understandable impulse carries its own very real peril: by cooperating with the investigation, whether by giving a statement or otherwise, you risk placing into the hands of the investigator the very information that will be used to reach a finding against you.
Our law firm has client meeting locations in Virginia & Maryland. If you need help with a military investigation in Virginia or Maryland, do not hesitate to call us. Our attorneys will do their best to help you get the best result possible.
So what is a Soldier under investigation to do? Seek legal counsel, and let your attorney do the talking for you. A good attorney can help you decide whether giving a statement is advisable or not, and if so, can help you craft it so that you help your case rather than making things worse. Your attorney can expose and exploit procedural errors in the investigation and weaknesses in the evidence. Your attorney can assist you in discovering exculpatory evidence and can present it in the most persuasive and effective way. Finally, your attorney can make statements to the investigator that cannot be attributed to you directly.
The attorneys of SRIS Law Group, PC, appreciate everything you have done to protect this Nation and promote the cause of Liberty. You’ve defended us – let us defend you. If you are facing military investigation of any kind, let us be your voice and your advocate. Call us for a consultation today.
Our law firm has client meeting locations in Virginia & Maryland. If you need help with a military investigation in Virginia or Maryland, do not hesitate to call us. Our attorneys will do their best to help you get the best result possible. B