Dallas Military Criminal Defense Attorney

Former USMC Defense Lawyer & Retired Court Martial Trial Judge

At the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC, our founder, Patrick McLain, is a retired veteran and military judge with 20 years of active service in the Marine Corps and 30 years of experience handling virtually every type of federal, state, and military criminal case. With our compassionate and committed defense team, we are dedicated to helping service men and women get their lives back after an arrest or accusation.

With this background and commitment, our military criminal defense lawyers in Dallas are proud to serve to offer defense solutions tailored to your unique charges. Call our firm at (214) 238-9392 to learn more.

The Experience to Help You

From representing you during a court martial to helping you in front of military boards, our Dallas criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in the nuanced and complex laws to protect your future, your freedom, and your military benefits.

The Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC can help you through any of the following:

  • Courts martial
  • Board of inquiries
  • Administrative separation boards
  • Physical evaluation boards
  • Security clearance boards
  • Letters of reprimand
  • Show cause boards
  • Officer evaluation reports
  • Other adverse actions

Courts Martial, Reprimands, & Evaluation Boards

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) has special procedures to discipline arrested or accused service men and women. This includes summary, special, and general courts martial, hearings before disciplinary boards, and official reprimands that will go on your service record.

These actions have different rules and standards than civilian criminal proceedings, however in order to be convicted, a military judge must find the defendant guilty beyond reasonable doubt which is why it is vital that you have an attorney who is well-versed in military law to represent you.

A conviction can lead to severe penalties, including discharge or dismissal from service, confinement, or death, for severe offenses. The maximum punishment is dependent on the circumstances of your crime and the guidelines laid out in the Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM).

Let up protect your reputation and your freedom. Call our Dallas military criminal defense lawyers at (214) 238-9392 to schedule your initial consultation. Our phones are answered by our helpful staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Se habla Español.


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