Absent Without Leave (AWOL) or Unauthorized Absence from Military Service
Are you Facing AWOL (Absent Without Leave) or Unauthorized Absent Charges?
Whatever your status, Unauthorized Absence (UA), AWOL (Absent Without Leave), or Deserter, the Military Law Center is a great asset to help you terminate your UA or AWOL status and resolve your case with your command or unit.
Servicemembers go Unauthorized Absence (UA) or Absent Without Leave (AWOL) due to personal problems they are experiencing. Often times this may include personal or medical problems with family members back home. No matter the reason for leaving the command without authorization, the command will report the servicemember’s UA or AWOL status into a national data base. Therefore, if a servicemember in an Unauthorized Absence or AWOL status is pulled over for the most minor traffic violation he/she may be immediately arrested and jailed by civilian authorities until the servicemember is picked up by the military. Once picked up by the military the servicemember will probably be placed in the brig on base until your Unauthorized Absence or AWOL charges are resolved.
Unauthorized Absence (UA) or AWOL charges, it is imperative that you have an experienced civilian military attorney to defend you and determine if there are any defenses to your Unauthorized Absence or AWOL charges, what mitigating circumstances may apply to your case, when you’re UA or AWOL status was terminated, whether you’re Unauthorized Absence or AWOL status was voluntarily or involuntarily terminated, that you are not charged with one day more than the time you were actually absent from the command, and that you get the appropriate credit for time served in pretrial confinement by both the civilian authorities and military authorities.
Should You Seek Private Legal Assistance for Unauthorized Absence, AWOL, or Desertion?
Yes. AWOL or Unauthorized Absence (UA) Cases Benefit Greatly by Having a Private Military Attorney
Unauthorized Absence (UA), AWOL and Desertion (AWOL for 30 days or more) are some of the most common military crimes in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Unfortunately, Unauthorized Absence, AWOL and Desertion charges can be tricky to defend. Therefore, it is important that you are represented by an experienced civilian military law attorney who understands the law and has experience defending these offenses.
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What Exactly is AWOL — Absent Without Leave
“Any member of the armed forces who, without authority—
- fails to go to his appointed place of duty at the time prescribed;
- goes from that place; or
- absents himself or remains absent from his unit, organization, or place of duty at which he is required to be at the time prescribed; shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”
If a servicemember is AWOL from the military, he or she usually is aware of their status, that he or she has committed a criminal offense, and that he or she is now subject to arrest and Court Martial. Since a servicemember is not entitled to a detailed military defense attorney until after he or she has been returned to the military currently pending a court martial, it is important that you get an experienced, competent Civilian Military Attorney to help you resolve the matter without further delay and in the best possible manner. Without your own Military Attorney, you may be aggravating your criminal case and possible court martial.
Common Reasons for Unauthorized Absence or AWOL Status
There are numerous reasons why servicemembers leave without permission: a servicemember may overstay their weekends because they either cannot make it back to base in time for morning formation, they misunderstood when they were required to report back to the command, they or a family member may experience unforeseen personal problems, stress, fear of deployment, fear of being harmed, or just a loathing of the military.
If you have an experienced Civilian Military Lawyer on your side, many of these common reasons could actually be leveraged into a viable defense or mitigate the charge of Unauthorized Absence, AWOL, or Desertion. No matter the reason – if you are facing potential charges and punishment for being in an Unauthorized Absence status, do not avoid returning to the command to resolve the issue. The sooner you voluntarily return to the command the better!
When are you Considered AWOL
When a servicemember is Absent Without Leave (AWOL) from the military, that servicemember is deemed to be AWOL by the command at a particular date and time. Sometimes a servicemember may not even realize they are AWOL because they believed they had command authorization to be absent. It is not unusual for a servicemember to first learn they are considered AWOL until they are notified by the command that all or a portion of their absence was not authorized by the command.
AWOL – You can run, but you can’t hide…
AWOL status, it is important that you contact your command and voluntarily return as soon as possible. Do not make the mistake and think that the military will not find you. Once you are in an AWOL status, your command reports your AWOL status in a national data base. At some point, you will be found. Moreover, while in a AWOL status you may have difficulty obtaining employment, renting or buying a home, buying a car, getting a driver’s license, opening a bank account, or getting a debit or credit card.
You cannot put your head in the sand. Servicemembers have been going AWOL from the U.S. Armed Forces since the Revolutionary War! You are mistaken if you think you can hide from the U.S. Military. If the U.S. Military can locate and capture Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden, they can and will locate and arrest you. While the military may not be using a Predator drone to locate and target you like a Taliban insurgent, you are in a national data base and ultimately when you least suspect it you will be apprehended and returned to the military to face charges for being AWOL.
Terminate Your AWOL or Unauthorized Absence Status Voluntarily
No matter where you are in the world, the Civilian Military Law Attorneys at Military Law Center can use our knowledge and military experience to assist you and coordinate your return to your command or to the nearest deserter processing facility in your area. Military Law Center is available at any time, to deploy to your defense at any post, camp, or station worldwide. We has the skills, experience and resources to help you return to military control and get your AWOL status resolved while doing all in his power to reduce the consequences and fallout as much as possible.
Are You AWOL?
If you are currently AWOL and anxious to resolve your dilemma before you are tracked down and apprehended; if you are getting close to the more severe “deserter status”, or just want to clean up the current mess you find yourself in, you can have Military Law Center assist you in planning your orderly return. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to avoid a court-martial conviction, additional confinement time and a punitive discharge which could carry negative implications for the remainder of your life. Military Law Center may be able to negotiate your retention in the military or seek an administrative discharge on your behalf so that the temporary problems that led to your UA status do not have negative implications for the rest of your life.
The majority of servicemembers who are involved in AWOL cases desire to get out of the military. Unfortunately, there is no “standard military process” to encourage the military to willingly separate you. The Military Law Center can and will negotiate as an advocate for you and make a case as to WHY it would be in the military’s best interest to separate you while simultaneously advocating to have your case handled administratively rather than referred to a more serious Courts-Martial.
It is possible to obtain an administrative separation from the military without any federal criminal conviction or record, even for extended periods of desertion. But to do so, it is almost always necessary for the servicemember to voluntarily return to the military command they left or to a deserter processing facility. Yes… AWOL is the most common military crime, and therefore there are entire facilities set up just to facilitate successful deserter resolutions. The whole process will likely require a few months or more to resolve. We can use our knowledge of the military to coordinate your return to command or to the deserter processing facility in the most amicable manner possible.
Anxious About Your AWOL or Unauthorized Absence Status?
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