No one wants to fail a drug test or get caught in possession of drugs by their employer. However, things can be much worse if your employer is the United States Armed Forces. If you are a military member who is facing a court martial due to failed drug tests, possession or drugs or any other drug offense, you could be wondering what to do next. Luckily, we can help.
You are Not Alone
First of all, you should know that you are not alone in your situation. You might already know that alcohol use — and abuse — is very common in the military. However, since many service members never talk about their struggles with drugs, you might not realize just how common drug abuse really is in the military. A shocking number of people struggle with the abuse of prescription medication, whether it is prescribed to them or not. Many service members also have their issues with cocaine, marijuana, heroin and other common street drugs. Some are also now using synthetic drugs, such as bath salts or synthetic marijuana.
You Could Be Facing Serious Consequences
The United States Armed Forces takes a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to drugs. You could be facing a loss of your military career. If being in the military is something that you have dreamed of for years and if you enjoy being a service member, this can be upsetting news.
Depending on the situation and the actual drug offense, you could also be facing other serious action, such as potential prison time in a federal facility. Not only could you be facing the loss of your military career, but you could also be facing a loss of your freedom. In some cases, people who are caught in possession of drugs or or who are caught manufacturing drugs can face lengthy prison sentences.
Additionally, being dishonorably discharged from the military and potentially doing prison time for your drug offense can affect your life long after your military career is over. These things can prevent you from getting other jobs as well, even in the civilian world.
These consequences are not something that you should take lightly. Instead, you should consider working with an attorney who understands how the process works and who can talk to you about the consequences that you could be facing and the possible defenses that can be used in your case.
We Can Fight for You
The specifics of your case will have a big impact on the defense that can be used. For one thing, you should know that it actually is possible to fail a drug test even if you did not take any illegal substances. Additionally, the military has to prove that you knowingly took the illicit substance, which is not always the case.
Of course, it is impossible to know what type of defense will work best for you until a good lawyer talks to you about your situation. If you meet with us, one of our attorneys would be more than happy to sit down and talk to you about the charges that you are facing and the situation behind your drug offense. Then, you can work together to determine the best defense for your case. This could be enough to salvage your military career or to help you protect your freedom.
If you are a military member who is facing a court martial because of a drug offense, you might be really scared and unsure of what to do. This can be an upsetting situation to be involved in, but working with a good lawyer is the best way to make the best of your situation. If you contact us, we will work hard to provide you with the defense that you deserve.