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In today’s military, serious allegations can lead to serious consequences: loss of liberty, career, reputation, and retirement benefits. That is why all Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines need to have an attorney experienced in military law from the start, whether the case is a court-martial or an administrative punishment.
All service members are entitled to representation by uniformed military attorneys. In many situations, though, service members prefer to turn to civilian lawyers who can give them the personal time and attention they deserve. Whether the possible consequences are loss of pay or a life sentence, an experienced and aggressive defense lawyer can make the difference.
A lawyer experienced with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Ian Duggan offers just that combination of skills and determination to service members who contact Callison Tighe about their cases, whether it’s a court-martial, non-judicial punishment, administrative separation, or other action that may affect their careers. He knows what it is to serve, and he is dedicated to protecting the rights of those who wear the uniform.
Ian began his legal career as an officer in the United States Air Force. In almost seven years on active duty serving as a JAG Officer around the world, he was involved in hundreds of criminal cases as a senior prosecutor and defense counsel. Recognized as one of the military’s “go to” trial advocates, he’s prosecuted and defended more than 40 courts-martial across the United States and on almost every continent. He has the experience necessary to build a solid defense, calling on experts in the field and turning to advanced technology when necessary.
Ian works diligently to stay current with changes in the Uniform Military Code of Justice, including sweeping revisions in 2019 that greatly expanded the definition of adultery and redefined intimate partner violence. The changes also banned sexual relationships between instructors and trainees, added cyber-stalking to the list of offenses under Article 130 and made changes to Article 120, which covers sexual assault. He also maintains an active federal and state criminal defense practice.
Ian defends Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen members facing a range of accusations. This includes drug offenses and charges under UCMJ Article 134, which covers 54 offenses including fraternization, adultery and other improper sexual conduct. It also covers offenses that can lead to decades in prison.
He defends service members facing non-judicial punishment under UCMJ Article 15. Though these violations are less serious than a court-martial, they still can lead to a reduction in rank, confinement, restrictions, loss of pay and extra duty. For officers and NCOs it can mean to the end of a career. He also works for those facing adverse administrative actions, including medical credentialing actions and flying evaluation boards.
Ready to serve military clients worldwide
Callison Tighe is located in Columbia, South Carolina, home of Fort Jackson. It’s also close to Shaw Air Force Base, Marine Corps Depot Parris Island, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, and Joint Base Charleston.
The firm can deploy quickly to installations in North Carolina, including Fort Bragg and Pope Field, Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Likewise, the firm can arrive within hours at installations in Georgia such as Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Robins Air Force Base and Moody Air Force Base.
Ian has tried cases in Europe, the Pacific, and the Middle East. He is available to travel worldwide for service members in need of quality legal representation.
For any service member who has been arrested or served with a preferred charged sheet for a court-martial or Article 32 preliminary hearing, there is no time to waste. When facing the full weight of the U.S. military’s investigative and prosecution resources, it’s important to make sure you have an experienced military lawyer in your corner. Contact Ian Duggan now for a free consultation.