Belleville Military Crime Lawyer

Defending Servicemembers in Randolph & Perry Counties

As a Navy veteran and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, I take great pride in serving the members of the United States Armed Forces by providing skillful criminal defense and related representation for military clients of all ranks in Belleville, Randolph County, and Perry County, Illinois. At the beginning of my legal career, I spent time as a public defender, where I learned the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Since then, I have devoted my career to becoming a tough, effective trial advocate, and I have helped hundreds of clients obtain reduced penalties or full charge dismissal.

Call (618) 266-2617 today to schedule your free consultation with a military criminal defense lawyer in Belleville, Illinois.

I successfully completed my treatment and probation period and my case was dismissed.
Former Client

Not Just Any Lawyer Can Handle Military Criminal Defense

The military justice system is different than the civilian criminal justice system. That’s why you can’t hire just any defense attorney to help you when you’ve been charged with a military crime and are facing court-martial proceedings. In order to achieve a positive outcome, you need an attorney who understands the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 15 procedures, court-martial sentencing, military criminal appeals, and other aspects of the United States’ military criminal justice system. As an experienced military criminal defense lawyer, I am well acquainted with the unique process that defendants must undergo when charged with a military crime, and I am prepared to use my knowledge to your advantage.

A trial lawyer or other defense lawyer without experience in military crimes or military criminal procedure may understand the general process of presenting a case, explaining evidence, etc. However, an attorney without experience in military crimes will be ill-equipped to represent you when you face allegations of military-specific crimes. Only an experienced military crimes lawyer can help you get the result you want.

I am prepared to help represent you against any and all of the following military criminal charges

  • Assault and/or battery
  • Being away without leave (AWOL)
  • Burglary
  • Charges related to civilian criminal conviction(s)
  • Courts-martial and courts-martial appeals
  • Discharge hearings
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug-related offenses
  • Fraternization
  • Insubordination
  • Larceny or other theft
  • Officer misconduct
  • Parole and clemency
  • Sex crimes

Protecting Servicemembers’ Rights 

In addition to having a thorough understanding of military criminal procedure, I am prepared to protect your rights throughout the process, including

  • The right to a defense attorney;
  • The right to refrain from answering any questions or undergoing any sort of negotiation on your own behalf without your attorney present;
  • The right to not be subjected to unreasonable searches or seizures; and
  • The right to be given a fair trial.

When you’re in hot water with the military, you still have the same rights as other Americans, and I aim to protect your rights at every turn. Even if you are being questioned by officers with whom you have regular interaction or who you feel you can trust, be very careful to clearly, unequivocally exercise your right to remain silent until you have an attorney present with you at the table. 

Schedule your free consultation with a Belleville military crime attorney as soon as possible. Send me a message online or call (618) 266-2617 today.

Why Work With Attorney Richard Roustio?

  • Proud & Disciplined Navy Veteran
  • Proven Track-Record of Successful Cases
  • Over 100 Cases Tried in Court
Tough & Tried Legal Counsel On Your Side Get Started On Your Defense with Attorney Richard Roustio Today