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's reputation.

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.

Contact our office for legal military assistance for any AWOL situation you might have.