Non-Judicial Punishment in Hawaii

Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP) Can and Will Affect Your Career and Promotion Potential

Few service members we speak to understand just how much a NJP, also known as an Article 15, “Office Hours,” or a “Captain’s Mast,” could affect their rank and promotion potential. They also don’t always realize that an NJP can be turned down and taken to a court martial, where, in the right cases, it can be dismantled by a formidable defense team. Not doing so could leave that NJP sitting in your permanent file for the entirety of your military career, affecting career goals, promotions, and future ranks.

NJPs are often the result of mistakes or a slip in judgment. These one-off situations shouldn’t have the power to destroy your military career years down the road. Depending on how focused you are on your military career and earning potential, hiring a defense attorney that can get ahead of the charges, win the case at NJP, or convince a jury that you are not guilty may be the only option you have left.

Don’t Allow NJP to Affect You For the Rest of Your Life

As a member of the U.S. Military you typically have a legal right to fight the NJP or demand a court martial. You also have the right to hire and consult a defense lawyer that assists service members in fighting the NJP against them. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, you can keep the matter at NJP and have your commander make the decision for you, which could be the equivalent of asking a biased third party (that may be pressured by his or her commander) to decide how far you make it in the military. OR you could turn down the NJP and demand a court martial.

This decision should not be taken lightly. You should only make it after understanding all of the facts of your case and conducting a risk / reward analysis of the situation. But at the end of the day, this isn’t your commanding officer’s future—it’s yours. And you deserve to have a say when it comes to your future in the military.

We proudly serve U.S. service members stationed in Hawaii against non-judicial punishment.

Bilecki & Tipon represents all military personnel stationed across the Hawaiian Islands, whether they’re Air Force, Army, Marines or Navy. If you need a defense lawyer that will aggressively fight your NJP or Article 15, then contact the Bilecki & Tipon law firm today.

To learn more about your rights in regard to non-judicial punishment and how an attorney can help with your Article 15, contact a military lawyer at our offices today, or call at (800) 996-9747.