Fort Hood Military DWI Defense Lawyer
What happens if you get a DUI in the Army?
A DWI arrest, whether on or off a military base, is a serious legal matter that can have a major impact on your future. Depending on the circumstances, you may face Texas civilian DWI proceedings, military justice, or both. A DUI conviction which violates UCMJ can lead to many penalties including court-martial.
Although the evidence against you may seem convincing, many defenses exist in DWI cases which can be based on faulty equipment, inaccurate field sobriety tests, improper chemical testing, and more. Turn to our seasoned Fort Hood military DWI defense attorney at the Law Office of Wade Faulkner, PLLC.
With more than 15 years of military law experience, Attorney Faulkner knows how to build effective defenses for those facing DWI and other criminal charges in both civilian and military courts. Our firm is here to protect your military and legal rights, thoroughly investigate all aspects of your arrest, and put viable legal strategies to work on your behalf.
DWI Cases for Service Members
How your case unfolds will depend on whether your DWI arrest took place on or off a military base. Even if your charges are filed only by the state of Texas as opposed to the military, you may still be punished for misconduct by your commanding officer. These punishments may involve alcohol abuse treatment programs or Article 15 nonjudicial punishments. You may also be charged with other military crimes related to the DWI, such as disorderly conduct.
A DWI while operating a vehicle, aircraft, or vessel while on a military installation is a violation of the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice). This will subject you to either adverse administrative actions or a court-martial. Because you were on base, you will not be subject to civilian court proceedings. You could, however, still face a license suspension or other state administrative penalties that affect your right to drive.
Military DWI penalties will be at the discretion of your commanding officer.
They can include such penalties as:
- Letters of reprimand
- Grade reduction
- Forfeiture of pay
When arrested for DWI off base, you face the same consequences as civilians, which can include jail time, heavy fines, probation, license suspension, and alcohol abuse treatment programs, along with a permanent criminal record.
Is a DUI a Dishonorable Discharge?
A DUI could lead to a dishonorable discharge, loss of pay, allowances, and 18 months of confinement.
Can You Become an Army Officer with a DUI?
Due to military cutbacks, military recruiters have raised recruitment standards. So a DUI will usually not allow you to enlist or reenlist.
Get the DWI Defense You Need Today
Our firm has a strong reputation for proficient military criminal defense representation. With our help, you may be able to avoid the serious consequences resulting from a DWI conviction violating the UCMJ. We encourage you to be proactive by contacting us as soon as possible in any civilian or military DWI arrest.