Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a civilian attorney on my case when I can get a military lawyer appointed to help me? When you find yourself in trouble with the military, you need to do everything
you can to ensure your rights are being protected by someone with experience in
military judicial and administrative processes. You also need someone that can
limit the number of cases they have so that they can put the appropriate amount
of focus on your case. While many military defense counsel are competent, they
typically are 0-3’s or junior 0-4’s that have not participated in hundreds of courts-martial.
Another possible down-side to a military defense counsel is that they are frequently
unable to turn down cases when their case load gets hectic. Finally, while a civilian
attorney may have the same continuing legal education requirements as a military
attorney, they do not have the same distractions a military member will have with
ancillary training, professional military education, performance reports and other
military related obligations.
Attorney Mike Coco has participated in hundreds of courts-martial as a defense
counsel, military judge, and prosecutor. He has the experience with advocacy and
legal analysis to ensure you get what you need to put yourself in the position
of getting the best possible legal outcome under the law and facts of your case.
He knows what expert assistant you may need, where to find it, and how to fight
to get it for you. In addition, Mike is not going to ignore your call because he
is too buried with other clients or distractions. Mike is ready to serve those
that serve their country.
I have been told that as a military member I no longer have any rights. Is that true? Military members have similar constitutional rights as civilians such as the right
to remain silent when being questioned by law enforcement when suspected of violating
the UCMJ or when they have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their property.
When a person enters the military, they do lose some freedom of movement and the
ability to act in certain ways. If you believe your rights have been violated or
want to call a lawyer before waiving any of your rights, please contact my office
to see if I can be of assistance.
If I hire a civilian, will that guarantee that I will win my case? No attorney can ever guarantee that they will win any particular case. Each case
if different factually and legally. When faced with military adverse action, whether
under the UCMJ or administrative actions, you have to decide what tools you will
need to get in a position to secure the best possible outcome in your case. Please
call my office to talk about your individual case and determine if I can help you
meet your goals.