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Article 15

 An Article 15, non-judicial punishment, captain’s mast or office hours is a proceeding typically used by commanders to punish military members for relatively minor offenses. Attorney Mike Coco has defended many military clients in grades E-1 to O-4 in Article 15 proceedings. It is important for military members facing an Article 15 to know that an Article 15 itself is a choice of forum, not an admission of guilt. A military member may turn down an Article 15 and demand trial by court-martial. A military member may accept an Article 15 and still fight for their commander to find that the member did not commit the alleged offense or show that mitigating circumstances exist. An experienced counsel can advise a client on what choices may be most beneficial for them and to put together a defense case to fight for the best possible outcome.


The notable cases and other experience noted on this website are representative samples of past cases. However, nothing in this website should be construed as a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the results of any particular future case. Each case is dependent on different facts, and therefore, no one can predict the outcome of any particular case.

The information on this website is for informational purposes only. Nothing on any page of this website, e-mails, or any other form of communication is intended as, nor should be taken as, legal advice. This information on this website is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship, and receipt or viewing of information, does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.

Law Office of Michael J. Coco, P.A. is owned by Attorney Michael J. Coco. He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of California and has been admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces