SECURITY CLEARANCE CONCERNS – GUIDELINE F (FINANCIAL CONCERNS)

The majority of cases reviewed by administrative judges from the Department of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) involve allegations of financial concerns under Guideline F to DoD Directive 5220.6.  Financial concerns for security clearance applicants are almost always raised following a review of the applicant’s credit reports during the investigation process.  The Central Adjudication Facilities (CAF) […]

How to Fight Getting Kicked Out of the Marine Corps

1) Stay out of trouble The biggest mistake that Marines make when they are told they are being kicked out of the Marine Corps (often with an “OTH”) is to throw in the towel and engage in additional misconduct. I represented an officer who tested positive on a urinalysis. He was so upset about the […]

What is the difference between a Special Court-Martial and a General Court-Martial

Special Courts-Martial The special court-martial can try any servicemember for any noncapital offense or, under presidential regulation, capital offenses. Special courts-martial generally try offenses that are considered misdemeanors. A special court-martial can be composed of a military judge alone, not less than three members, or a military judge and not less than three members. Contrary […]

Fighting NROTC and ROTC Disenrollment

ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps.  The Army, Air Force, and Navy maintain ROTC programs at colleges and universities around the country. There are two types of ROTC Cadets or Midshipman: scholarship and non-scholarship.  Those “on scholarship” have their education paid for and receive monthly living allowances in exchange for a defined military obligation […]

Search of Computers for Child Pornography

Does sharing a computer with someone give that person authority to consent to a search and seizure by law enforcement during a child pornography investigation? This was the question that the Seventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals recently answered in United States v. Wright.  In Wright, a husband and wife had a domestic incident and […]

Pensacola Security Clearance Lawyer

Korody Law represents federal employees, military members, and federal contractors facing security clearance denials and revocations in and around Pensacola, Florida.  Mr. Korody spend 3 years stationed at NAS Pensacola while on active duty as a Navy JAG is uniquely familiar with the local military industrial complex.  Mr. Korody is Florida’s premier Security Clearance Lawyer, […]

Positive Military Drug Test Guide

Every day, thousands of members of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and even the Coast Guard) provide urine samples to be tested for drugs by military drug laboratories.   Many military drug tests come back positive. A few weeks after the test is given, the member is normally notified of the positive […]

Officer CourtMartial (Court-Martial) Defense Lawyer

Officer Court-Martial Defense Officers are treated differently by the military justice system.  An officer court-martial is fundamentally different than a court-martial for an enlisted person.  The Manual for Courts-Martial (the MCM) has dozens of provisions that separate officers from enlisted.  The treatment stems from the historical difference in rank – basically the military’s “class” system. […]

Other Than Honorable Discharge – Hire a REAL Lawyer!

If you are facing an Other Than Honorable administrative separation, make sure you have an experienced lawyer. I write about this topic too much, but I get so many phone calls about it I feel the need to scream it on every military base around the globe!  If you are facing an administrative separation with […]

When Should I Hire a Lawyer if I Tested Positive for Drugs?

Your bottle of urine just tested positive at a military drug lab for cocaine.  You were just read your rights and asked to make a statement about the positive drug test.  What do you do? Most Sailors (Navy), Soldiers (Army), Marines, Airman (Air Force), and members of the Coast Guard have one of two responses […]