Don’t allow yourself to be convicted without first telling us your side of the story

The prosecution doesn’t care why you deserted or went AWOL. Their mission is to prove that you left willingly; that you intended to shirk your duties, and that you understood the consequences if you were caught. But your actions are only half of the story. And the jury should also be aware of why that decision was made, and whether or not you were fully cognizant of the decision—and the stakes—when you made it.

Bilecki & Tipon handles court martial cases involving service members accused of desertion or going AWOL. Our case is often built around convincing a jury of your innocence by focusing the trial on your intentions. No service member has the same reason for leaving. And the motives behind the departure may be far more complex than the prosecution cares to let on.

desertion and awol are two very different court martial concepts

Military service members are often charged with either desertion or AWOL (Absence Without Leave). These two military crimes are distinct from one another and Bilecki & Tipon will utilize different strategies to combat them.

  • Proving desertion means the prosecution must convince the jury that a service member intended to leave his or her duties permanently. This usually involves a deployment, but it could also involve drill or training. Charges of desertion are far more serious than an AWOL charge, and Bilecki & Tipon must focus on proving that the service member had no intention of remaining away permanently—or even leave their post at all.
  • In an AWOL case, the prosecution will try to prove that the service member left their post or place of duty intentionally, but did so expecting to return. Reasons for an AWOL are varied, but could include trauma, PTSD, or an emotional breakdown. It’s often the goal of Bilecki & Tipon to prove that outside forces were at play in the service member’s decision.

Expect the prosecution to come at you with whatever charge they think they can get away with. If there is even the remotest evidence to support a desertion charge, they’ll level it on you.

The prosecution isn’t taking your charges lightly. You shouldn’t, either.

Service members that are accused of desertion and AWOL charges receive no mercy in today’s military. Expect the government to press charges quickly, and don’t be surprised if multiple prosecutors are handling the case. If they can use you as a scapegoat to stop other service members from deserting their posts, they’ll do so in a heartbeat. At its worst, a conviction could mean a dishonorable discharge, fines, and months if not years of incarceration.

You have too much at stake to leave your case up to an inexperienced or incapable defense attorney. Bilecki & Tipon has a history of winning desertion and AWOL cases, and our goal will be nothing short of a complete and total victory and not guilty verdict.

Call the law firm of Bilecki & Tipon TODAY at (800) 996-9747 to learn more about how we can help you secure the most positive outcome possible for your desertion or AWOL case.