Your Rights During a Military Investigation


As a military member, you have certain legal rights granted to you in the event of an investigation. However, many service members are unaware of their rights, which can negatively impact the outcome of their case.

If a military investigative agency is investigating you, it’s important to seek the guidance of an experienced military criminal defense attorney.

John Malek Law Group is a trusted law firm that has helped hundreds of military servicemen and women protect their careers, reputations, and futures. As a former active-duty JAG officer and military magistrate, Attorney Malek deeply understands the investigation process and knows what it takes to defend you.

Whether you’re being investigated for assault, drug offenses, homicide, or other misconduct or violations, we can help. Schedule a consultation by calling (208) 747-0053 or contacting us online.

Types of Military Investigations

Different types of military investigations can be conducted. Understanding the process and the investigating party is crucial to determine a practical course of action.

Military law enforcement investigations are conducted for everything from minor violations similar to civilian misdemeanors to serious criminal offenses and misconduct.

Military branches have organizations such as the following to investigate misconduct:

  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
  • Army Criminal Investigative Division (CID)
  • Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI)
  • Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS)

The military police also have their own investigative units.

Command investigations are conducted by commanding officers for minor misconduct like theft, property damage, simple assault, sexual harassment, and other violations of the UCMJ that are not serious enough to warrant a criminal investigation by law enforcement.

Exercise Your Rights During an Investigation

Regardless of the investigation you’re facing, it can be a stressful and nerve-wracking experience that could risk your military career and reputation. During the investigative process, you must exercise your right to remain silent. The pressure to want to give a statement telling your side of the story could affect the outcome of your case.

When you retain the services of John Malek Law Group, we can help you understand your legal rights and discuss available options. As experienced military defense attorneys, we can develop a strategy considering all angles, avenues, and possibilities so you are well-prepared to respond to any phase of the investigative process.

For example, we can advise you that it is in your best interest to refuse to make a statement, not speak to any investigators without our presence, refuse to authorize any search or seizure of your belongings, and more.

We have represented clients investigated for various offenses, including the following:

  • Fraud and larceny
  • Burglary
  • Fraternization
  • Assault
  • Conduct unbecoming an officer
  • Sex offenses
  • Drug offenses
  • Military offenses
  • War crimes

We take a proactive approach to military investigations and work quickly to build a strong defense.

If you’re facing an investigation, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation. The sooner you involve John Malek Law Group in your case, the better your chances are of pursuing a favorable resolution.

Call our worldwide office at (208) 747-0053 or use our online contact form to schedule an initial consultation.