Experienced Military Trial Lawyer Provides Administrative Defense Services
Staunch defense before administrative discharge boards in South Carolina
If you are a career service member, or if you’re hoping your military service can advance your civilian career, the threat of a discharge or reprimand is a serious matter. You should only trust your case to a proven defense attorney with court-martial experience. Attorney Bill Connor of Horger and Connor, LLC in Orangeburg has the knowledge, experience, and determination necessary to protect your rights and deliver a compelling defense. Although no attorney can guarantee results, you can trust Bill Connor to challenge every element of the case against you and to work tirelessly to achieve a favorable outcome.
Experience in courts-martial and administrative hearings
Bill Connor served as a U.S. Army infantry officer from 1990 to 2002; from 2003 to the present, he has been a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He has extensive knowledge of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) as it applies to active-duty, reserve, National Guard and retired service personnel. He has defended soldiers in disciplinary and criminal cases, representing them through legal investigations, courts-martial, administrative hearings, and appeals.
Bill Connor has ample experience in administrative separation proceedings arising from allegations of:
- Criminal violations
- Drug possession, use, or abuse
- Failing to meet standards of physical fitness
- Misconduct or dereliction of duty
- Poor performance of duties
To recommend discharge, an administrative discharge board needs only to find charges supported by a preponderance of the evidence. This is a much lower standard than that of criminal proceedings, where a verdict requires evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. This lower evidentiary standard is an important reason to choose an experienced attorney for your defense.
Your rights under the involuntary discharge process
If your commander has elected to pursue involuntary discharge, you have rights in the process. You must receive written notice of the basis of the discharge as well as the worst characterization of discharge you face. You may consult with a military attorney free of charge or a civilian attorney at your own expense. You have the right to submit evidence and statements that become part of the record. If the characterization sought is “Other Than Honorable,” you have the right to a hearing before an administrative discharge board.
It is vitally important that you assert your rights, especially your right to counsel. Start by calling Horger and Connor, LLC right now.
Determined defense to administrative separation in Orangeburg, South Carolina
If you are facing discharge from the U.S. military or a reprimand, Horger and Connor, LLC can provide the vigorous defense you need. Call us at 803-395-0073 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our Orangeburg office is conveniently located on Centre Street, one block from the Orangeburg County Courthouse in the former Federal Land Bank building.