Can jag corp represent me I’m retire 100% service connected in criminal

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Customer: Can jag corp represent me I’m retire 100% service connected in criminal
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LawProf71, Expert

Hello. I'm a licensed attorney with over 15 years experience practicing military law. I'd be happy to help answer your question.

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Unfortunately, uniformed military lawyers (judge advocates, or JAGs) cannot represent retirees - only active duty servicemembers and certain reservists. And even then, military lawyers are only authorized to represent servicemembers for military charges in military courts-martial or other hearings, not in civilian court.

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If you are being charged in a civilian criminal court and cannot afford an attorney, a public defender or other court-appointed attorney will represent you against those charges, or you can hire a criminal defense lawyer on your own. I'd be happy to provide you with some websites and resources to help you locate a civilian criminal defense attorney, if you'd like.

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LawProf71, Expert

Websites like Avvo.com and Lawyers.com are excellent ways to find an attorney near you, and allow you to search both by practice area (criminal law) and geographic location.

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The state bar association where you live will also likely have an attorney referral service, and some even provide referrals to attorneys who are specially trained to represent former military servicemembers who may have service-connected issues, and can help explain the impact of these issues to the court.

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LawProf71, Expert

Some jurisdictions even have what's known as "Veteran's Court," which is a way to potentially get the charges greatly reduced or dropped altogether.

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It’s going to trial do I still have chance going to va court
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LawProf71, Expert

If Veteran's Court is available for the type of offense you were charged with, possibly.

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Do you currently have a defense attorney?

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Hi
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Is it true if it’s up to victim if it goes to va court
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LawProf71, Expert

I would be sure to ask them whether Veteran's Court is an option for your case.

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LawProf71, Expert

No, that's not necessarily true.

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They say it may not be necessary
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LawProf71, Expert

Although the victim's impact to the prosecution might influence whether Veteran's Court is an option for your case.

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Can I go to jail after trial
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Even during Covid
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LawProf71, Expert

Yes, people are still going to jail even during COVID. That's not to say that you will be going to jail - that depends on the severity of the case, whether you accept a plea agreement that avoids jail, or whether you are sentenced to jail time. These are all things to discuss with your defense attorney.

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Ok
Customer
They don’t tell me nothing just he said he’s confident he can settle
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LawProf71, Expert

I'm sorry to hear that. Ultimately whether you settle, and what for, is your decision, so I would encourage you to bring any questions or concerns to your lawyer, since it's their responsibility to advise you and look out for your best interests.

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LawProf71, Expert

Does this answer your question? Is there anything else I can assist you with?

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Ty I’m good now
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LawProf71, Expert

You're very welcome - I'm glad I was able to assist. Please let me know if you have any other questions or need anything else, and I'll do my best to help. Otherwise, I wish you the best of luck. Take care.

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Ok thank u
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LawProf71, Expert

You are most welcome.

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