Absence Without Leave, Unauthorized Absence, and Desertion
Military Criminal Defense Attorneys for AWOL, Desertion, and UA Cases
When a serviceman leaves the military without prior authorization, it is
considered an Absence Without Leave (AWOL) or Unauthorized Absence (UA).
Also known as desertion, it is no light matter and can lead to serious
consequences. If AWOL for more than 30 days, a warrant for your arrest
can be issued, resulting in a possible federal arrest and conviction.
This could lead to imprisonment, and the offense on your record can jeopardize
your entire future, including your employment and career options. If you
are facing AWOL charges, you need the assistance of a qualified military
criminal defense lawyer in order to ensure you are properly defended.
If you are AWOL and have not been arrested, it is in your best interest
to discuss your situation with our experienced attorneys in order to determine
what the best course of action is for your circumstances. As a federal
warrant is issued for your arrest once you are AWOL more than 30 days,
you could be arrested at any time. If this occurs, you will be held in
a local jail until you are transferred to a military jail, where you will
remain until you have a military court date, which could take some time.
Military prosecutors will aggressively pursue penalties for deserters,
as they pose dangers to the safety of other service personnel and the
Military Defense Lawyers Providing AWOL Representation Internationally
As a military serviceman, you may be anywhere in the world when you go
AWOL. Rest assured that our worldwide military defense firm is available
for you anytime, anywhere. We are a dedicated and skilled legal team that
has the resources to handle your return to the military in a way that
will reduce the consequences as much as possible. Call us for a confidential
consultation to discuss your options following an AWOL or UA.