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Does double jeapordy apply to a military dui? And do i need a civilian lawyer for my court case?

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I am a soldier currently stationed on Fort Bragg in North Carolina. I have been in the army for a little over a year with no disciplinary problems. This weekend I received a DWI in the town outside of base. I was at a bar with some members of my company and made the stupid decision to attempt to drive home. I was pulled over in the city of Fayteville. Upon getting pulled over the officer asked me a few questions such as where i came from and where i was going. Due to my speech and the smell of alcohol she pulled me out of the car and arrested me on the spot without a field sobriety test or breathalyzer. She let my other two intoxicated friends in the car go. Upon getting to the station i was given a breathalyzer, i blew a .16 i was then instructed i had to blow again. on my second attempt

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DO NOT again go online with any of your case facts.

IMMEDIATELY contact a DUI attorney in Fayetteville.

IMMEDIATELY see the legal service office and speak to TDS.

No it is not double jeopardy

DO NOT discuss the matter with anyone but your attorney.

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Harry Edward Hudson Jr

Harry Edward Hudson Jr


Mr. Rafter's advice is excellent. Do not deviate.

Philip Douglas Cave

Philip Douglas Cave


Keep in mind there are some policies in place where the Army will not take disciplinary action over civilian court matters. However, those policies do not prohibit the Army from seeking to administratively separate you for any civilian conviction. So get a good DUI lawyer as Rix advises.


While you may be in the military, you are still very much subject to civilian laws. This is not a "military" dui nor is double jeopardy an issue. You need to seek out a competent DWI defense lawyer in your county. Good luck to you.

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Completely agree with Mr. Rafter, but I would also like to add that even though this is a civilian arrest, commands generally punish the soldier regardless of the outcome in the civilian court. Thus, your command could Article 15 you without the DUI matter ever being adjudicated. Try to retain a civilian defense attorney who can handle the civilian matter, but also has experience in military law. v/r


In general, the prior posts are correct, no double jeopardy issue. That said, there were cases in the District Court for Eastern Virginia earlier this year where DUI prosecutions were dismissed under the Fifth Amendment against Marines at Quantico after they received NJP for the same offense. This is a complex issue and it may be worthwhile to contact one of the attorneys who focus on military criminal law to ensure your rights are being protected.

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