i got charged with a misdemeanor last night and it was for lewd and lascivious exposure. im in the navy and this is my first offense in the navy and the first on my record ever. what is most likely going to happen to me?
State/Country relating to question: Florida
Thanks for the chance to help. I am an attorney with over 12 years military law experience.Can you tell me, was the charge "out in town" or on base?Is your command aware of this?Can you tell me approx how many years have you been in?
it was at a bar on the beach. my command was notified last night and I have been in a year and a half and I am a third class petty officer
Misdemeanor is not bad...can you give me a snapshot of what they are charging? Was this you were druk and peeing after the bars closed? Or was this streaking naked across the beach?
i was at the end of a pier with a girl with my pants down engaging in sexual activity. they walked up and saw it and cuffed us and took us to the police station.
ThanksYou know, this will depend on your commander, and your command. Specifically how your commander views this and your reputation at the command.As a petty officer, I suspect they will be upset with you. An NCO should know better. That said, what you describe, I personally would not view as so bad...the "boys will be boys" adage. I would be upset that you did not use discretion (get a room). But this is not as bad as if you were flashing others. But your commander may well have a different view. It is a crime. I would expect at a minimum they take you to mast and bust you down a rank. But if you are luck, your commander will leave it at that. They will not process you for separation.They could...the commander could start the process to kick you out of the Navy for this. But as I mention, with a little luck (and hopefully you have a decent reputation at the command) they will let it go with Mast.I would be "calling in favors"...talking to SNCO's and officers at the command who may be willing to put a good word in on your behalf. You need that now.
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