For legal representation, please contact Gary S. Barthel, Lieutenant Colonel USMC (Retired) at (760) 536-9038 for confidential advice on your situation. Gary Barthel is an experienced and widely known military lawyer who can be your legal representative speaking and negotiating with military authorities on your behalf. Mr. Barthel will guide you through the process of resolving your status as an AWOL or army deserter. The majority of soldiers involved in AWOL cases want to leave the army. Unfortunately, there is no “standard military process” to encourage the military to voluntarily separate you. Mr. Barthel can and will negotiate as a lawyer for you, arguing WHY it would be in the military`s best interest to separate you, while advocating for your case to be dealt with administratively rather than being referred to a more serious court martial. Unfortunately, you are not entitled to a detailed military defender until you return to command and the command decides that it will prosecute you before a court martial.
Then, it`s too late to get the legal advice you need to proactively address the legal dilemma you`re in. You need someone who can take care of your legal interests before returning to command and facing a court martial. Created by FindLaw`s team of legal writers and writers | Last updated June 20, 2016 When a soldier is absent from the army (AWOL), that soldier is considered an AWOL by the command at some point. Sometimes a service employee doesn`t even realize he`s AWOL because he believed he had the command power to be absent. It is not uncommon for a service representative to first learn that he is considered an AWOL until he is notified by the command that his absence has not been authorized by the command in whole or in part. Short periods of AWOL Below is a list of examples of short periods of AWOL, which can be partial or full days. Employee: Once you are in AWOL status, it is important that you contact your command and voluntarily return as soon as possible. Don`t make the mistake of thinking that the military won`t find you. Once you are in an AWOL state, your order reports your AWOL status to a national database.
Eventually, you will be found. In addition, in an AWOL status, you may have difficulty finding a job, renting or buying a house, buying a car, getting a driver`s license, opening a bank account, or getting a debit or credit card. Maximum penalty – imprisonment for 1 month and confiscation of 2/3 of the salary for one month. A military officer who is not serving often faces serious charges. There are three related offences that fall into this category – absence without vacation (or AWOL), desertion and lack of exercise – all of which carry very severe penalties, up to the death penalty for desertion during the war. Being AWOL for 30 days is considered desertion, while lack of movement is blamed when a soldier misses the movement of a ship or plane intentionally or negligently. No matter where you are in the world, civilian military lawyer Gary S. Barthel can use his military knowledge and experience to support you and coordinate your return to your command or the deserter treatment facility closest to your area. Mr. Barthel is always at your disposal to deploy to any post, camp or station around the world for your defense. Mr.
Barthel has the skills, experience and resources to help you regain military control and resolve your AWOL status while doing everything in his power to minimize consequences and impact. If you are facing UA or AWOL charges, it is imperative that you have an experienced AWOL lawyer to defend yourself and determine if there are any objections to your UA or AWOL charges, what mitigating circumstances may apply to your case, when your UA or AWOL status has been terminated, whether your UA or AWOL status has been terminated voluntarily or involuntarily, that you will not be charged for one day more than the time you were actually absent from the order and that you will receive the appropriate credit for the time spent in the preliminary investigation. “Any member of the armed forces without authority – NOTE: The AWOL period can be used as a basis for formal adverse measures. In United States v. Mills, 17 C.M.R. 480 (N.C.M.R. 1954), the defence was able to prove that the defendant was physically impossible to prevent his unauthorized absence. He was robbed and beaten unconscious when he returned to his ship. As soon as he could do so, he tried to return to his post. This case is an example of the impossibility due to physical disability in AWOL cases.
1. Desertion with the intention of staying away permanently Maximum penalty: Unauthorized absence carries the maximum penalty for confiscation of 2/3 of a month`s salary for 3 months, 3 months in prison. If the defendant is found guilty of absence with intentional abandonment, the maximum penalty is bad behavior, dismissal, confiscation of all wages and allowances, 6 months in prison. The CIU Analyst will also inform the Personnel Transactions Unit (PSU) of the impending separation so that final compensation can be determined and an audit can be prepared for publication within 72 hours of the issuance of the AWOL letter. In short, follow your employer`s vacation procedures and get approval for absences. It is not enough to ask for leave. Asking for permission is not the same as getting permission. Ask for leave as soon as possible. And ask in writing, even if your employer doesn`t require it.