Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC

Worldwide Military Defense Lawyers & Court Martial Attorneys

Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC

601 North Belair Square
Suite 16

Evans, Georgia 30809

Phone(706) 664-1395 or(866) 969-9860
Fax (706) 447-6995

Website www.ucmjdefense.com
E-mail  Contact Mr. Michael Waddington

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Law Firm Overview

At Gonzalez & Waddington, our military defense attorneys fight Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps cases around the world.
We accept court martial cases, administrative cases, boards, BOIs, separations, NJP, GOMORs, appeals, reprimands, and cases where the client is still under investigation and wants to avoid being prosecuted. We defend cases in the USA, Europe (Germany, UK/England, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Cyprus, etc.), the Middle East (Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq), Africa, South and Central America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific (the Philippines, South Korea, Hawaii, Guam, Japan, Okinawa, Thailand, etc.). Our law firm represents military and civilian personnel who are being investigated by CID, OSI, NCIS, MPI, and the FBI.

Founder Michael Waddington says that those accused should consider pleading guilty as a last resort. Thus, he and his associates work hard to ensure clients have other solutions at their disposal. Gonzalez and Waddington LLC is aggressive in its fight to protect military personnel's rights and resolve cases. If you are facing a court martial, then you need to hire the best military defense lawyers possible to defend your case.

Year this Office was Established: 2006

Languages: English, Spanish, French

Areas of Law


Additional Areas of Law: Court Martial; Discharge Upgrades; Separation Boards; Military Court Martial Appeals; Article 32 Investigations.


Areas of Law Description

Gonzalez & Waddington, Attorneys at Law represents clients in the following areas of practice:

- Court Martial

• Summary Court Martial

Trial by summary court-martial provides a simplified procedure for the resolution of charges involving minor incidents of misconduct. The summary court-martial consists of one officer who, depending upon Service policies and practice is a judge advocate.

• Special Court Martial

A special court-martial is the intermediate court level. It consists of a military judge, trial counsel (prosecutor), defense counsel, and a minimum of three officers sitting as a panel of court members or jury. An enlisted accused may request a court composed of at least one-third enlisted personnel. An accused, officer or enlisted, may also request trial by judge alone.

• General Court Martial

A general court-martial is the most serious level of military courts. It consists of a military judge, trial counsel, defense counsel, and at least five court members. Again, an enlisted accused may request a court composed of at least one-third enlisted personnel.

- Military Court Martial Appeals

A court-martial appeal is specialized work. It demands a military defense lawyer who knows both the military and federal civilian court systems inside out. Our lawyers will make sure your appeal is not wasted. If you have received a punitive discharge or more than a year in jail, then you have an absolute right to appeal your court-martial.

- Show Cause Boards/Administrative Separation Boards

Our attorneys drive a hard bargain and fight to win the best possible outcome for our clients. Our results speak for themselves. Below are cases that we contested in front of boards. In hundreds of other cases we have negotiated deals that have secured favorable discharges, retention, and retirement, thereby avoiding a board all together.

- Article 32 Investigations

An Article 32 Investigation is a prerequisite to trial by general court-martial and if used effectively can be one of the most important tools a defense attorney has in his to defend the client. However, to utilize the Article 32 Investigation to your client’s advantage the defense counsel must know the rules and prepare in advance.



Lawyers

Alexandra Gonzalez-Waddington Mrs. Alexandra Gonzalez-Waddington
Partner
Criminal Defense, Criminal Law, Mediation, Military Law, Court Martial

Michael Waddington Mr. Michael Waddington
Partner
Administrative Law, Criminal Defense, Criminal Law, Federal Law, Government


Affiliations

  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • National Association of Court Martial Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers

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Should the Defense Interview the Victim in a Court Martial

Why an Average Military Defense Lawyer is Not Good Enough

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Strategies to Avoid a Court Martial

Under Military Investigation? Can You Avoid Court Martial?

How Prosecutors Use the Article 32 to Get Convictions

Hiring the Best Military Defense Lawyer - Selecting the Best Court Martial Attorney to Defend You

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Jury Tampering in Military Sexual Assault Cases?

Military Law News Network - July 8, 2014 - Jury Tampering in Military Sexual Assault Cases? Are some military commanders trying to tamper with military juries before sexual assault court martial cases? You be the judge.

In this episode, veteran court martial attorneys Michael Waddington and Tim Bilecki discuss disturbing trends of unlawful command influence and potential jury tampering in military sexual assault court martial cases.

Civilian Court Martial Lawyers Bring Extra Firepower to a Military Court Martial

RED FLAG: Be Careful if Your Appointed Military Defense Lawyer Doesn't Want You to Talk With an experienced civilian court martial lawyer. Military defense lawyer, Michael Waddington, discusses JAGs that do not want you to speak with our hire an experienced civilian court martial defense lawyer. Call 1-866-969-9860 to speak with a civilian defense counsel today. http://www.ucmjdefense.com

Fort Jackson Military Lawyer - Sex Assault Court Martial Attorney

Fort Jackson Military Lawyer - Sex Assault Court Martial Attorney. Military defense lawyer, Michael Waddington, discusses Air Force sex assault court martial cases at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Call 1-866-969-9860 to speak with a civilian defense counsel today.

Travis AFB Military Lawyer - Sex Assault Court Martial Attorney Air Force

Travis AFB Military Lawyer - Air Force Sex Assault Court Martial Attorney. Military defense lawyer, Michael Waddington, discusses Air Force sex assault court martial cases at Travis AFB. Call 1-866-969-9860 to speak with a civilian defense counsel today.

LTC Wilkerson Sex Assault Court Martial, Is the UCMJ anti-victim? Military Law News March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013 edition of the Military Law News Network covers the LTC Wilkerson sex assault court martial that was recently overturned and it's impact on Washington DC politics. Also discussed: Is the UCMJ tilted in favor of the accused? Will Congress revise the UCMJ? Civilian court martial attorneys, Tim Bilecki and Michael Waddington, host the weekly show.

Military Law News Network - Bradley Manning court martial, The Invisible War, Air Force Sex Assault

March 1, 2013 edition of the Military Law News Network covers the Bradley Manning court martial, a high profile Air Force sexual assault case that was recently overturned, and the movie, "The Invisible War." Civilian court martial attorneys, Tim Bilecki and Michael Waddington, host the weekly show.

General Sinclair Sex Assault Court Martial - Military Law News Network

Feb 26, 2013 - In it's pilot episode, the Military Law News Network covers the high profile General Sinclair sexual assault court martial and some of the current issues facing court martial defendants. Civilian court martial attorneys, Tim Bilecki and Michael Waddington, host the weekly show.

Japan Military Lawyer - Korea Sex Assault Court Martial Attorneys - Hawaii Guam Attorneys

Japan Military Lawyer - Korea Sex Assault Court Martial Attorneys - Hawaii and Guam Defense Attorneys. Military defense lawyer, Michael Waddington, discusses Army sexual assault court martial cases in Japan, Korea, Guam, and Hawaii. Fort Eustis. Call 1-866-969-9860 to speak with a civilian defense counsel today.

Military Law News Network May 2013 Recap - 5 High Profile Cases

Military Law News Network May 2013 Recap - High Profile Cases - In this episode, attorneys Tim Bilecki and Michael Waddington discuss 5 high profile military cases that are making nation headlines.

Military Law News Network: Guilty Until Proven Innocent - Special Edition

May 25, 2013 - Special Edition of the Military Law News Network: Guilty Until Proven Innocent. In this episode, attorneys Tim Bilecki and Michael Waddington discuss whether the accused is guilty until proven innocent in military sex assault cases?

Witness Production in a Court Martial - Court Martial Attorneys

Court martial attorney, Michael Waddington, discusses what to do if the prosecution denies your witnesses in a court martial. Call 1-866-969-9860 to discuss your case with a civilian defense counsel.

Germany Sex Assault Court Martial Attorney Air Force

Spangdahlem AFB Military Lawyer - Air Force Sex Assault Court Martial Attorney. Military defense lawyer, Michael Waddington, discusses Air Force sex assault court martial cases at Spangdahlem AFB, Germany. Call 1-866-969-9860 to speak with a civilian defense counsel today.

Army Military Lawyers - Army Court Martial Defense Attorneys - Is the Deck Stacked?

http://www.militarylawnewsnetwork.com Special Edition: Military Law News Network - Army Military Lawyers - Army Court Martial Defense Attorneys - Is the Army stacking the deck against it's soldiers by intentionally appointing inexperienced lawyers to defend soldiers accused of serious crimes? In this episode, civilian court martial defense attorneys Michael Waddington and Tim Bilecki discuss why the Army would hand select lawyers with little to no criminal defense experience and why senior defense lawyers don't want aggressive civilian lawyers rocking the boat and winning cases.

Military Lawyer Hawaii - Civilian Court Martial Attorney Sexual Assault Honolulu

Military Lawyer Hawaii - Civilian Court Martial Attorney Sexual Assault. Civilian military attorney, Michael Waddington, discusses Army sexual assault court martial cases at in Honolulu, Hawaii. Call 1-866-969-9860 to speak with a civilian defense lawyer today.

Military Lawyer Fort Rucker - Civilian Court Martial Attorney Sexual Assault

Military Lawyer Fort Rucker, AL - Civilian Court Martial Attorney Defending Military Sexual Assault Cases. Military attorney, Michael Waddington, discusses Army sexual assault court martial cases at Fort Rucker, AL. Call 1-866-969-9860 to speak with a civilian defense lawyer today.

Military Law News Aug 2013 - Major Nidal Hasan & Bradley Manning Wikileaks Cases End

Military Law News Network - Aug 2013 - In this episode, court martial attorneys Michael Waddington and Tim Bilecki discuss the Major Nidal Hasan - Fort Hood - shooting case and the Bradley Manning Wikileaks case. These two high profile court martial cases have finally come to a close. Hasan gets the death penalty and Bradley Manning get 35 years in prison. Manning changes his name to Chelsea and demands a sex change.

Jury acquits Air Force officer accused of groping - Air Force Sex Assault & Lt Col Jeffrey Krusinski

Military Law News Network - Nov 18, 2013 - A civilian jury recently acquitted Air Force officer Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski. Lt. Col. Krusinski was accused of groping a woman outside of a bar in Arlington, VA. In this episode, court martial lawyers, Michael Waddington, Tim Bilecki, and Noel Tipon discuss the Lt. Col. Krusinski case and how it impacts the military's ongoing "War On Sexual Assault." The lawyers also make predictions on how this case may play out in the Air Force. Lt. Col. Krusinski once led the Air Force's sexual assault response team. A jury of five men and two women deliberated for an hour and 15 minutes in the misdemeanor assault case against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 42, of Arlington, Va.

His arrest fueled a national furor over sexual abuse in the military and whether top brass take the issue seriously.

War on Military Sexual Assault - Article 32 Investigations May Go Away - Court Martial Lawyers

Military Law News Network - Oct 31, 2013 - The War on Military Sexual Assault - Article 32 Investigation may tho away: In this episode, court martial attorneys, Michael Waddington and Ernesto Gapasin, discuss the movement under way to drastically revise the UCMJ Article 32 Investigation and strip the accused of the right to confrontation at these hearings, particularly in sexual assault cases. The veteran military lawyers discuss the pros and cons of revising the Article 32 hearing.

Military Lawyers Fort Stewart Civilian Sexual Assault Court Martial Attorneys

http://www.ucmjdefense.com - Military Lawyers Fort Stewart Civilian Sexual Assault Court Martial Attorneys. Military defense lawyer, Michael Waddington, discusses Army sexual assault court martial cases at Fort Stewart. Call 1-866-969-9860 to speak with a lawyer.

Military Lawyer - Naval Academy Court Martial Attorneys - Sex Assault Defense Lawyers - Article 32

Military Law News Network - Sept 2013 - Military Lawyer - Naval Academy Court Martial Attorneys - Sex Assault Defense Lawyers - Article 32: In this episode, defense attorneys Michael Waddington and Tim Bilecki discuss Article 32 Investigations and the sex assault Article 32 at the Naval Academy where the alleged victim was cross examined about her prior inconsistent statements and "memory losses."

Naval Academy Sexual Assault Court Martial: Cases Move Forward Despite Lack of Evidence

Military Law News Network - Nov 24, 2013 - Naval Academy Sexual Assault Court Martial: Cases Move Forward Despite Lack of Evidence - In this episode, veteran court martial attorneys Michael Waddington and Tim Bilecki discuss the most recent Naval Academy sexual assault court martial that involves Academy football players and a female midshipman. The case was pushed forward despite a legal report that determined that a conviction was unlikely at trial.

Here is a news clip related to the case:
"A report by a military officer says it will be a difficult if not impossible task to prove two former U.S. Naval Academy football players sexually assaulted a midshipman because the woman's contradictory and misleading testimony heavily damaged her credibility.

The investigating officer's report, which was obtained by The Associated Press, recommended against court-martialing the accused....

But the academy's superintendent decided last month to court-martial Midshipmen Josh Tate and Eric Graham in the case involving an intoxicated classmate at an off-campus party."

Military Defense Lawyer - Your Article 32 Investigation Rights

http://www.militarycourtmartialattorneys.com - Military Defense Lawyer - Your Article 32 Investigation Rights - Criminal defense lawyer, Michael Waddington, discusses the accused's rights at a UCMJ Article 32 investigation. Call 1-866-969-9860 to speak with a civilian defense counsel today if you have questions about military law, court martial cases, or the Article 32 hearing.

Choosing the Best Military Defense Attorney - Tips for Choosing the Best Court Martial Attorney

When trying to find the best military defense attorney to try your case in front of a military jury, you should compare several lawyers. Look at:

-Verifiable Court Martial Trial Results (was the lawyer lead counsel?)
-Lawyers that have tried AT LEAST 50 Felony court martial jury trials
-Client Testimonials
-Years since they left the military
-Independent Ratings and reviews (Avvo, Super Lawyers, Lawyers.com)
-Years of Experience at as a criminal defense lawyer (not prosecutor)
-Feedback from other lawyers
-What they did in the military (prosecute vs. defend)
-Total number of felony jury trials to a verdict

When looking for the best military defense trial lawyer, beware of:
-Lawyers that have tried only a handful of court martial jury trials
-Lawyers that recently left the military who have little trial experience (just ask them when the left the military)
-Lawyers that charge much less than other lawyers (you get what you pay for)
-Lawyers that plead most of their clients guilty
-Lawyers that are not well known and respected in the legal community
-Lawyers that claim to be friends with the JAGs, law enforcement, and the command

This video was produced by military defense lawyer, Michael Waddington. Call 1-866-969-9860 if you have any questions or to discuss your case.

Tips on Choosing the Best Military Defense Lawyer - http://www.militarycourtmartialattorneys.com

When trying to find the best military defense lawyer to try your case in front of a military jury, you should compare several lawyers. Look at:

-Verifiable Court Martial Trial Results (was the lawyer lead counsel?)
-Lawyers that have tried AT LEAST 50 Felony court martial jury trials
-Client Testimonials
-Years since they left the military
-Independent Ratings and reviews (Avvo, Super Lawyers, Lawyers.com)
-Years of Experience at as a criminal defense lawyer (not prosecutor)
-Feedback from other lawyers
-What they did in the military (prosecute vs. defend)
-Total number of felony jury trials to a verdict

When looking for the best military defense trial lawyer, beware of:
-Lawyers that have tried only a handful of court martial jury trials
-Lawyers that recently left the military who have little trial experience (just ask them when the left the military)
-Lawyers that charge much less than other lawyers (you get what you pay for)
-Lawyers that plead most of their clients guilty
-Lawyers that are not well known and respected in the legal community
-Lawyers that claim to be friends with the JAGs, law enforcement, and the command

This video was produced by military defense lawyer, Michael Waddington. Call 1-866-969-9860 if you have any questions or to discuss your case.

What is an Article 32 and what are my rights?l

http://www.ucmjdefense.com - Military Court Martial Lawyer, Michael Waddington, discusses what an Article 32 is and what right's a defendant has. Court martial lawyer offers tips on how to proceed.

Court Martial Lawyer and Military Defense Attorney Japan Korea

http://www.courtmartialattorneys.com Court martial lawyer Michael Waddington fights cases in the USA, Korea, Japan, Germany and worldwide. He is a military defense attorney that fights serious cases. Call 1-866-969-9860

Judge or Jury in a Court Martial? Court Martial Lawyer Discusses

http://www.ucmjdefense.com - Court martial lawyer, Michael Waddington, discusses the accused's forum choices in a military court martial. Judge or Jury in a Court Martial trial?

Sex Crime Court Martial Lawyer Defense Attorney

http://www.ucmjdefense.com Sex crimes in the military Court martial defense lawyer Michael Waddington discusses military law topics. Call 1-866-969-9860.

Military Defense Attorney - Court Martial Attorney Questions

http://www.ucmjdefense.com - When facing court martial, ask if your military attorney is friends with CID NCIS or OSI. Military Court Martial Attorney, Michael Waddington, tells you how.

Air Force Court Martial Lawyer Hiring a Court Martial Lawyer

http://www.ucmjdefense.com - Air Force Court Martial Lawyer - Hiring a civilian Court Martial Lawyer to defend you. Air Force Military Court Martial Lawyer, Michael Waddington, discusses this topic.

Germany Court Martial Lawyer Article 32 Investigation

http://www.ucmjdefense.com Germany court martial defense lawyer, Michael Waddington, talks about an Article 32 investigation in a military court martial.

ex Assault Court Martial Lawyer Attorney Article 120

http://www.ucmjdefense.com Court Martial Lawyer Sex Assault Court Martial attorney, Michael Waddington discusses UCMJ Article 120 sexual crimes.

Expert Witnesses in a Court Martial Military Lawyer

http://www.ucmjdefense.com Expert witnesses in a court martial. Court martial defense lawyer Michael Waddington discusses military law topics. Call 1-866-969-9860.

Army Court Martial Lawyer Lying Witnesses vs Military Attorney

http://www.ucmjdefense.com - Army court martial defense lawyer explains how the military "coerces" court martial testimony in Army court martials. Military Court Martial Lawyer, Michael Waddington.

Court Martial Witnesses

http://www.ucmjdefense.com Expert witnesses in a court martial. Court martial defense lawyer Michael Waddington discusses military law topics. Call 1-866-969-9860.

Does Rank Matter in a court martial with a court martial attorney

Does Rank Matter in a court martial with a court martial attorney? http://www.ucmjdefense.com Court Martial Lawyer Sex Assault Court Martial attorney, Michael Waddington discusses UCMJ Article 120 sexual crimes.

Why Hire a Civilian Court Martial Lawyer Attorney Article 120

http://www.ucmjdefense.com Why Hire a Civilian Court Martial Lawyer Attorney, Michael Waddington discusses hiring a civilian court martial lawyer to defend you in a military case.




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