Article 32 Preliminary Hearings in Hawaii
New Changes to the Preliminary Hearing Show Just How Critical a Good Defense
Team Really Is
As a service member accused of a crime here in Hawaii, your rights hang
by a thread. The U.S. Government has been dismantling those rights for
years, and nothing makes this more evident than the changes to the Article
32 preliminary hearing. What was once a discovery tool used by the defense
to help prepare their client’s case for court has been reduced to
a pre-trial formality. With the new changes to preliminary hearings, alleged
“victims” receive additional rights, while the defendant is
left with even fewer.
The Hawaii-based Bilecki & Tipon team has known about these changes
for some time, and we’ve been preparing for them. Despite the changes
to the military’s preliminary hearing structure, a strong defense
still has options worth weighing. But to ensure that a defendant has the
momentum going into trial, it’s become essential—now more
than ever—to hire the most aggressive, hard-hitting legal defense
team available. As your rights continue to erode, you stand an even greater
chance of a guilty verdict, a loss of your military benefits, and quite
possibly an end to your freedom.
What You Need to Know About the New Article 32 Preliminary Hearing
The Article 32 preliminary hearing has one purpose, and that is to identify
whether the accused service member had probable cause to commit the crime.
This forces the defense’s hand so that they can no longer use the
preliminary hearing to pick apart the prosecution’s case, learning
its strengths and weaknesses along the way. Furthermore, it’s now
within the legal rights of an alleged victim to refuse to take the stand
during a preliminary hearing. This makes it more difficult to cross-examine
that witness during the actual trial.
It’s as if the government is piling on hurdle after hurdle onto the
racetrack in an attempt to slow the defense down as much as possible.
The only good news is that a capable defense team can still build a strong
case even without the discovery tools of a preliminary hearing. By using
our own investigators and specialists here in Hawaii and abroad, we can
play the same game as the prosecution—by keeping them guessing as
to our intentions and asking tough questions that will put their own witnesses in doubt.
Don't Allow Your Side of the Story to Be Watered Down
You deserve to have your side of the story told convincingly and passionately.
That takes a defense team that understands the changes to the preliminary
hearing and can maneuver past the roadblocks set up by the government
and the prosecution.
If you’re prepared to fight and to let others know
your side of the story, then Bilecki & Tipon is prepared to fight alongside
you. If you’re being investigated for criminal charges here in Hawaii
and the stakes are extremely high, then you need to make the call to Bilecki
& Tipon TODAY at (800) 996-9747 for an initial consultation.