Just because a Court Martial ended in a conviction does not mean the Service Member is out of options. Though the appellate process is lengthy and focuses on the various legal aspects of the trial process, it is still a vital part of the court martial process. Mr. Kees is an experienced appellate lawyer who is licensed in all U.S. Military Appellate Courts. Located just 3.5 hours from Fort Leavenworth, Mr. Kees routinely visits his clients to ensure they are adequately briefed on the status of their case.
An administrative separation is the equivalent of the military terminating your employment. Just like any employment situation, the employee has certain rights. Depending on the years of service and the characterization sought by the government, a Service Member may be entitled to have their case heard before an administrative separation board.
An administrative separation board is an opportunity for the Service Member to call witnesses, confront the government's witnesses and attack the command's reasoning for requesting a discharge. Representation before such a board is imperative to adequately defend the rights of the Service Member.
Mr. Kees has defended over a hundred Service Members, in all the branches, before administrative separation boards. His knowledge of the applicable regulations, procedures, and DoD guidance on these issues has made him a leading expert on administrative separations.
So many times Service Members are given their Department of Defense Form 214 (discharge paperwork) and told they will have to settle for a discharge that was less than Honorable knowing they deserve better. A Service Members characterization of Service is directly related to the benefits they receive for their service. Mr. Kees has represented dozens of Service Members in each branch to help them in getting the characterization they deserve. Those who defend our nation should never settle for less than they deserve.
Duane (DAK) Kees focuses his practice on complex cases. He has over 50 jury and panel cases. He has procured acquittals for Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen for such crimes as rape, sexual assault, assault and battery, and a myriad of drug offenses. Mr. Kees routinely travels throughout the world in defense of our service men and women and makes every effort to keep them posted several times a week on the status of their case. Mr. Kees only takes a few courts martial cases at a time to ensure each case is provided the attention it deserves.