U.S. Military Lawyer - The Law Office of Stephen P. Karns

UA/AWOL/Desertion Status

If a service member is absent without leave (AWOL) from the military, then the member probably knows that he or she has left the service illegally, that is, committed an offense against the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). In other words, the member has committed a criminal offense and is in an illegal status. To complicate matters, the service member is probably in the midst of complicating personal, medical, or family circumstances, and this may be why the member went AWOL in the first place. If you are in this situation, you need an experienced military attorney, such as Mr. Karns, to help you resolve the matter. Without an experienced military attorney, you are entrusting the resolution of your case entirely to the same military from which you went AWOL.

Whatever your status, UA (unauthorized absence), AWOL, or Deserter, Mr. Karns can help you resolve your case with the military. If you are given “deserter status” (AWOL for thirty days or more and dropped from your Unit’s rolls), your case is most serious. The military will likely issue a federal “deserter” warrant for you, which is entered into the federal NCIC warrant database. This makes the warrant known to law enforcement nationwide. At this point, you could be arrested as the result of a random, minor traffic stop, arrested leaving or entering the country, or picked up at your home by the local sheriff or constables. Once apprehended, you are placed in the local jail, where you will wait, sometimes in solitary confinement away from other civilian prisoners, with limited or no contact with your family, until the military comes and picks you up.

Mr. Karns can represent you whether or not you are in military custody. If you are still in military control or have recently returned on your own, contact or have your family contact Mr. Karns. If you are still in the civilian world and want to resolve your case prior to being apprehended, you will have to return to military control. It is critical that you hire Mr. Karns prior to returning to military control. When and where you turn yourself in is something you will need to discuss with an experienced military attorney. In addition, you will likely need to have certain records, statements, and other evidence gathered and prepared prior to going back to military control. This evidence may be essential to resolving your case in a manner most favorable to you.

Depending on the circumstances, you may end up being separated administratively, without a conviction, jail time, or a punitive discharge. On the other hand, you may be court-martialed, face significant jail time, and receive a punitive discharge. This type of outcome to your case could follow you for the rest of your civilian life. That is why it is imperative to hire an experienced military attorney such as Mr. Karns. He will be your representative, advocating and negotiating for your side with the military. He will guide you through the process of resolving your AWOL or deserter status with the military.

In most AWOL cases, the service member is looking to get out of the military. But a basic fact regarding AWOL cases is that there is no legal mechanism available for the service member to compel or force the military to separate him or her. Bottom line, this is why you need to hire an experienced military attorney, because even though he cannot force the military to separate you, he can present the best case possible given your particular circumstances that it is in the military’s interest to separate you. In addition, Mr. Karns can fight to have your case handled administratively rather than prosecuted via a court-martial.

Mr. Karns handles many of these cases, takes the time to listen to your concerns, and provides you with a seasoned, realistic evaluation of your case moving forward. If you have been in a situation where you have experienced medical or psychological conditions, abuse from your immediate superiors or other unit personnel (hazing), or other family or hardship issues, Mr. Karns will fight to have your side of the story respected so that your receive the most just result possible.


Past Cases

Client served in the Army for three years but had been AWOL since 2004 when he was apprehended on a warrant eleven years later. Client hired Mr. Karns to defend him at a court-martial for desertion. After Client’s command preferred charges against Client, Attorney Karns was able to persuade the convening authority to approve a Chapter 10 discharge in lieu of trial by court-martial. Client was separated from the Army without a criminal conviction or jail time.

Client was a PV2 in the Army who completed training but failed to report to Fort Carson, Colorado, his first duty station. After being AWOL for approximately one year, Client hired Attorney Karns to seek an administrative separation from the Army. Client reported to Fort Carson and Attorney Karns contacted Client’s command and the command’s legal advisor in order to request that Client be administratively separated from the Army. Attorney Karns persuaded Client’s command to decline to prefer any charges against Client and instead give Client an Article 15. Attorney Karns also persuaded Client’s command to grant Client a General Discharge.

Client was an Ensign in the Coast Guard who went AWOL shortly after boarding his assigned Cutter. He disembarked mid-deployment and flew to Europe and then to Canada. Client hired Attorney Karns to handle his case and negotiate his return to USCG custody. Attorney Karns contacted the USCG Investigative Service and facilitated Client’s voluntary surrender to and direct transfer from customs to the USCGIS custody. USCGIS returned Client to Chesapeake Brig and Client’s command preferred charges against him. Attorney Karns represented Client at his pre-trial confinement hearing and secured Client’s release. Attorney Karns then submitted a separation package in Client’s behalf, which included his argument for Client’s administrative separation with an Honorable Discharge, Client’s medical records, and good character letters. Client’s command dropped the court-martial in favor of a captain’s mast and released Client with an Honorable Discharge.

Client enlisted in the Army, completed OSUT, and reported to Fort Campbell for his first duty assignment. After three months, Client went AWOL and remained so for over four years. Client hired Attorney Karns to assist him in resolving his case. Once Client returned to Fort Campbell, the legal office responsible for handling his case insisted to Attorney Karns that the military justice policy regarding the legal course of action for a Soldier gone four plus years was only court-marital. After one and a half months of working the case, Attorney Karns was able to persuade the command to agree to an Art. 15. Client was separated a month and a half later with no criminal conviction, no loss of pay, and no jail time.

Client enlisted in the Marine Corps, completed boot camp, but never returned for SOI. Client was AWOL for one year when he was arrested and returned to Camp Geiger. Client’s family hired Attorney Karns to assist Client, Attorney Karns negotiated with Client’s command for his administrative separation. Client was discharged and received no criminal conviction.

Client enlisted in the Army in JUN 10 and reported to Fort Sill for basic training and then Fort Leonard Wood for advance training. Client was then stationed at Fort Riley. After a short leave, Client discovered she was pregnant. Her pregnancy was not welcome news to her company commander, who required her to work beyond the limits of her profile. A short time later, Client had a miscarriage. Client became pregnant again the next year and had the same difficulties in her unit. A civilian doctor confirmed that she was presenting symptoms of a possible miscarriage, so Client left the Army, fled to Kuwait, and was AWOL for two years. Client and her husband wanted to resolve her case so she could return to the United States and join her husband. Client hired Attorney Karns who arranged for Client’s speedy return to Fort Riley upon entering the country. Client was given an Art. 15 and administratively separated with no criminal conviction and no jail time.

Client enlisted in the Marine Corps and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, for seven months of counterinsurgency operations. When Client returned to garrison, he had difficulty adjusting. Not being the “type” to seek mental health assistance, his morale deteriorated, and he went AWOL for two years. Client hired Attorney Karns when he was arrested. Attorney Karns reached an agreement with Client’s command for him to be administratively separated and with no criminal conviction.

Client joined the Marine Corps during his senior year of high school. After boot camp and MCT at Camp Lejeune, he completed the Law Enforcement Military Police Course at the U.S. Army Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood and was stationed at MCAS Futenma, Camp S.D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan. After several months, Client went AWOL from Okinawa and returned to the U.S. where he was apprehended after being AWOL for four months. Client was terrified to return to his command in Okinawa because of the hostility with which the command treated other Marines who committed misconduct. Client hired Mr. Karns who was able to persuade the Marine Corps to administratively separate Client in lieu of a court-martial trial and out-process him in the U.S.

Client was an Army Sergeant and Calvary Scout stationed at Camp Casey in South Korea. While there, he married and had a child with a Filipina woman in Seoul. Client had significant and prolonged problems with the Army and his command in reference to getting his wife the medical care she needed during her pregnancy. Client went AWOL to the Philippines for over a year. Client hired Mr. Karns who facilitated his return to South Korea without being arrested by the South Korean authorities. Mr. Karns represented Client in negotiations with Client’s command who agreed to impose an Article 15 on Client rather than a court-martial trial. Client was administratively separated with no jail time or criminal conviction and allowed to return to his family.

Client was an Army Specialist who went AWOL from Camp Hovey, South Korea, because his command would not grant him leave to fight a battle for legal custody of his son located in the U.S. Client was AWOL for a year but gained full legal custody of his son. Client was afraid to return to South Korea since he now had custody of his son. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or criminal conviction at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Client was an Army Specialist and Infantryman stationed at USAG Schweinfurt, Germany, who went AWOL to Europe for approximately five months. Client wanted to return to the U.S. but was afraid to be apprehended and court-martialed. Client hired Mr. Karns who negotiated Client’s return to Germany where he was administratively separated with no jail time or criminal conviction.

Client enlisted in the Army National Guard (ARNG) for a term of three years and was activated for OSUT at Fort Leonard Wood (FLW). Two days before he was scheduled to report to MEPS and ship out to FLW, he changed his mind and failed to report. Client was threatened by the unit with arrest, jail time, and a dishonorable discharge. Client hired Mr. Karns who intervened on Clients’ behalf, negotiated an Entry Level Separation from the ARNG without Client being arrested or having to return to military control.

Client was an Army PFC who served for two years and went AWOL for four months from Fort Campbell. Client was apprehended and returned to Fort Campbell to face UCMJ charges. Client also had two positive urinalysis tests after he was returned to Fort Campbell. Client hired Mr. Karns who negotiated Client’s administrative separation with no jail time or conviction, and Client received a General discharge.

Client enlisted in the Army National Guard (ARNG) and was activated for training. After he enlisted, Client changed his mind and failed to report for his flight to Fort Benning for training. Client hired Mr. Karns who negotiated an Entry Level Separation from the ARNG without Client being arrested or having to return to military control.

Client was a Marine who went AWOL for one month from Camp Pendleton because of the mistreatment he received in his new company. Client was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and turned himself in. Mr. Karns persuaded Client’s command to agree to administratively separate him with no criminal conviction and a General discharge.

Client went AWOL for two weeks during his training from Camp Pendleton because he failed to disclose previous drug use on his application. Client was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and turned himself in. Mr. Karns persuaded Client’s command to agree to administratively separate him without any charges of fraudulent enlistment and without an NJP. Client received a General discharge.

Client was AWOL for three months from Fort Myer, Virginia and was apprehended. Client’s family hired Mr. Karns who negotiated Client’s administrative separation with no jail time or criminal conviction, and Client received a General discharge.

Client was a Soldier who was supposed to ETS but was suddenly “stop-lossed” for a deployment to Iraq. Client panicked, went AWOL for one day and missed movement. Client returned to his unit, and after a psychological evaluation, Client was told that he would be administratively separated. Client’s company commander intervened and told him he would be going to Iraq regardless of the results of his evaluation. Client went AWOL again, this time for eight years. Client was apprehended and hired Mr. Karns. Mr. Karns negotiated with Client’s command to have him administratively separated in lieu of trial by court-martial with no jail time and no criminal conviction.

Client was a Specialist in the Army who enlisted under the Special Forces enlistment option after completing two years of college. He completed OSUT, Airborne school, and two years of additional Special Forces training. However, after his extensive training, he concluded that he could not be a Soldier. After suffering ridicule from his fellow Soldiers, he went AWOL and flew to Argentina on a foreign passport. He had been AWOL for one year when he hired Mr. Karns to help him return to the United States and resolve his military case. Mr. Karns contacted the embassy, assisted Client to obtain a temporary passport, and Client flew to the United States. Once here, Mr. Karns contacted the Client’s unit, and the unit out-processed Client with an administrative separation and no jail time or conviction.

Client was an Army Private who was apprehended after being AWOL for eight years. Client never had a problem getting work or passing a background check (even worked for some security companies) and because of this thought he had long since been discharged. He got married, bought a house and was a stay-at-home dad for three young children when he was apprehended. Client hired Mr. Karns to try and get him an administrative discharge. Client's chain of command had little sympathy for Client and insisted on a court-martial. Mr. Karns was determined to get client back to his children as soon as possible and submitted a request for a discharge in lieu of court-martial trial. Although he had "little" support from his counterparts in military justice, he continued to advocate for his Client up the chain of command and was able to convince the convening authority that an administrative discharge was best for both the Army and the Client. Client's request was approved and he was administratively separated with a General Discharge.

Client was an SFC and recruiter in the Texas Army National Guard who was just six months from retirement when he tested positive for THC on urinalysis. Client's command wanted to administratively separate Client with an Other Than Honorable Discharge. Client hired Mr. Karns who immediately helped Client assemble evidence of his years of proficient service and obtain letters from his colleagues regarding their high opinion of his integrity, service and loyalty. Attorney karns presented this evidence to Client's command and succesfully presuaded them to agree to allow Client to retire with an Honorable Discharge.

Client was a Specialist in the Army who enlisted under the Special Forces enlistment option after completing two years of college. He completed OSUT, Airborne Schoold and two years of additional Special Forces training. However, after his extensive training he concluded that he could not be a soldier. After suffering ridicule from his fellow Soldiers he went AWOL and flew to Argentina on a foreign passport. He had been AWOL for one year when he hired Mr. Karns to help him return to the United States and resolve his military case. Mr. Karns contacted the embassy, assisted Client to obtain a temporary passport, and Client flew to the United States. Once here, Mr. Karns contacted the Client's unit and the unit out-processed the Client with an administrative separation and no jail time or conviction.

Client joined the Army National Guard in 2005 and completed OSUT in the spring of 2006. Through his experience in training, Client knew the Army was not for him but, facing homelessness, he enlisted in the active Army in APR 07 and reported to Fort Hood. Other Soldiers teased and harassed Client because he was not aggressive and seemed feminine to them. In SEP 07, Client went AWOL for one week, returned to his unit and tested positive for marijuana. After punishment was initiated subsequent to an Article 15, Client went AWOL again. Client hired Attorney Karns to facilitate his return to the Army and resolve his case. Attorney Karns contacted Client’s command, informed them that Client had been diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder and underwent sex reassignment surgery, and was now a transgender female. Attorney Karns persuaded command that Client’s condition did not constitute a willful violation of Army regulations worthy of a court-martial and that moving forward she was not psychologically fit for continued service. Once arrangements were made for Client to return to Army control, Client was administratively separated within three days with no jail time and no conviction.

Client was a Private who left the Army during training due to various medical and other issues. Client was AWOL for four years when he was arrested and placed in county jail. Client hired Mr. Karns to represent him, hoping to avoid any jail time. Client was administratively separated from the Army with no jail time and no criminal conviction.

Client enlisted in the Army National Guard (ARNG) for a term of three years and was activated for OSUT at Fort Leonard Wood (FLW). Two days before he was scheduled to report to MEPS and ship out to FLW, he changed his mind and failed to report. Client was threatened by the unit with arrest, jail time, and a dishonorable discharge. Client hired Mr. Karns who intervened on Clients’ behalf, negotiated an Entry Level Separation from the ARNG without Client being arrested or having to return to military control.

Client was an Army PFC who served for two years and went AWOL for four months from Fort Campbell. Client was apprehended and returned to Fort Campbell to face UCMJ charges. Client also had two positive urinalysis tests after he was returned to Fort Campbell. Client hired Mr. Karns who negotiated Client’s administrative separation with no jail time or conviction, and Client received a General discharge.

Client enlisted in the Army National Guard (ARNG) and was activated for training. After he enlisted, Client changed his mind and failed to report for his flight to Fort Benning for training. Client hired Mr. Karns who negotiated an Entry Level Separation from the ARNG without Client being arrested or having to return to military control.

Client was a Marine who went AWOL for one month from Camp Pendleton because of the mistreatment he received in his new company. Client was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and turned himself in. Mr. Karns persuaded Client’s command to agree to administratively separate him with no criminal conviction and a General discharge.

Client went AWOL for two weeks during his training from Camp Pendleton because he failed to disclose previous drug use on his application. Client was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and turned himself in. Mr. Karns persuaded Client’s command to agree to administratively separate him without any charges of fraudulent enlistment and without an NJP. Client received a General discharge.

Client was AWOL for three months from Fort Myer, Virginia and was apprehended. Client’s family hired Mr. Karns who negotiated Client’s administrative separation with no jail time or criminal conviction, and Client received a General discharge.

Client was a Soldier who was supposed to ETS but was suddenly “stop-lossed” for a deployment to Iraq. Client panicked, went AWOL for one day and missed movement. Client returned to his unit, and after a psychological evaluation, Client was told that he would be administratively separated. Client’s company commander intervened and told him he would be going to Iraq regardless of the results of his evaluation. Client went AWOL again, this time for eight years. Client was apprehended and hired Mr. Karns. Mr. Karns negotiated with Client’s command to have him administratively separated in lieu of trial by court-martial with no jail time and no criminal conviction.

Client was an Army Private who was apprehended after being AWOL for eight years. Client never had a problem getting work or passing a background check (even worked for some security companies) and because of this thought he had long since been discharged. He got married, bought a house, and was a stay-at-home dad for three young children when he was apprehended. Client hired Mr. Karns to try and get him an administrative discharge. Client’s chain of command had little sympathy for Client and insisted on a court-martial. Mr. Karns was determined to get Client back to his children as soon as possible and submitted a request for a discharge in lieu of court-martial trial. Although he had “little” support from his counterparts in military justice, he continued to advocate for his Client up the chain of command and was able to convince the convening authority that an administrative discharge was best for both the Army and the Client. Client’s request was approved and he was administratively separated with a General Discharge.

Client was an Airman in the Navy who, after major surgery and his recovery, continued to use pain killers which resulted in a positive urinalysis for opiates. Pending his positive UA, Client went AWOL for four months and was then picked up by law enforcement. After being returned to Navy control, charges were referred to a special court-martial. Client hired Mr. Karns who contacted Client’s command and persuaded it to administratively discharge Client. Thus, Client avoided a criminal conviction.

Client went AWOL from the Army during his advanced training and was absent for two months. He joined the Army after high school because his best friend had joined the Marine Corps. He knew immediately that he had made a mistake. He wanted to resolve his case but was afraid he would be retained or receive jail time if he returned to the Army. After he hired Mr. Karns, Client was administratively separated from the Army with no jail time or criminal conviction.

Client was a Petty Officer First Class stationed aboard the USS George Washington. After getting “crossways” with his command, Client went AWOL, missed movement, and flew home to the U.S. from Japan. Client wished to leave the Navy without jail time or a punitive discharge and hired Mr. Karns to resolve his case. After Client turned himself into the Navy in Florida, Mr. Karns persuaded Client’s command not to return him to Japan for prosecution, but simply to administratively separate Client from the Navy with no jail time or criminal conviction. Client was separated after nine days with a General Discharge.

Client was a Soldier stationed at Fort Hood who went AWOL and fled the United States to Europe for eight months. Client wanted to resolve his case but was afraid to return to the United States. Client hired Mr. Karns who arranged for Client to surrender himself and be returned to the United States. Attorney Karns persuaded Client's command to decline prosecution of Client who was administratively separated with no jail time and no conviction.

Client deserted from the Army for ten years when he was arrested by civilian authorities. He was sent back to Fort Hood where he tested positive for marijuana. Client hired Mr. Karns to defend him against both charges which had been preferred for a general court-martial. Mr. Karns negotiated the Army down to a summary court-martial (non-criminal) and an administrative separation. Client served twenty days in jail, but avoided a federal criminal conviction on his record.

Client was a corpsman in the Navy and had served for one and a half years before going AWOL from Camp Lejeune by fleeing to Mexico. After four months, Client wanted to return to the U.S. and hired Mr. Karns. Mr. Karns contacted the Navy and coordinated the Client’s return to the U.S. at the border in California without the Client being arrested on his warrant. Client proceeded directly to Navy custody in San Diego, where Mr. Karns negotiated his administrative separation with a General Discharge. Client received no jail time and no criminal conviction.

Client was a PV2 in the Army who went AWOL twice due to a combination of mental health, substance abuse, and other medical issues. Client was apprehended after being AWOL for ten months and returned to his duty station. Client hired Mr. Karns to defend him against the two specifications of AWOL. Mr. Karns persuaded the Army to agree to administratively separate Client, who therefore avoided a criminal conviction and jail time.

Client was a Specialist in the Army who, in connection with the stress caused by his divorce, went AWOL. Client wanted to leave the military, but he was afraid that he would receive jail time and a criminal conviction. Client hired Mr. Karns who persuaded him to return to the Army and persuaded Client’s command to grant him a General Discharge with no jail time or conviction.

In 2009, Client enlisted in the Army through the Delayed Entry Program and signed the initial paperwork before he was sure he wanted to join. When he decided he wanted to terminate the enlistment process, recruiters told him that since he had already signed his initial paperwork, he had to sign the rest of it, and that if he decided not to show up for basic training, then his paperwork wouldn’t either and he would be “discharged.” In 2011, client was picked up on a warrant for writing a bad check and held for the Army on a deserter warrant hold. Client hired Mr. Karns, who first disposed of his local case so he could return to Army control. Per Client’s instructions, Mr. Karns negotiated with the Army to have Client administratively separated. Client was separated with no jail time and no criminal conviction and returned to his family within two weeks.

Client enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and shipped out to Fort Leonard Wood for basic training. During her training, Client was injured. The Army claimed her injury was due to a pre-existing condition that she did not disclose, and Client could be prosecuted. Client then went AWOL for three months. After Client hired Mr. Karns to represent her, she returned to the Army and was discharged in three days with no jail time or conviction.

Client went AWOL for five months from Fort Leonard Wood after being told that she would be recycled for her basic training. Client hired Mr. Karns because she was wanted to be discharged from the Army in a way that would allow her to provide the best life for her and her daughter. Client received no jail time or conviction and a general discharge.

Client was apprehended after being AWOL from Fort Benning for over one year. Client wanted to be discharged from the Army but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns who arranged for Client’s family to visit him prior to his return to the Army. Client was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a PFC in the Army at Fort Polk who went AWOL for one month. Client wanted to be discharged and hired Mr. Karns to represent him. Mr. Karns negotiated Client’s punishment down to a summary court-martial followed by a general discharge.

After serving for a year and a half, Client went AWOL for seven months from Fort Bliss. While he was AWOL, Client’s unit deployed. Client was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns to represent him. Mr. Karns negotiated Client’s punishment down to an Article 15 and a general discharge.

Client had been AWOL from the Colorado National Guard for over five years and was arrested crossing the border into the United States from Canada. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a SPC in the Army for four years. He went AWOL for five months from Fort Stewart. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was AWOL from the Marine Corps for five months. Client was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client discovered she had a warrant for her arrest for being a deserter from the U.S. Army. Client had enlisted in the Army many years ago in Puerto Rico, but had never shipped out to basic training. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was AWOL from the Marine Corps for nine months. Client wanted to be discharged from the Marine Corps but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was AWOL from the Marine Corps for ten months when he was arrested on civilian cases. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was AWOL from Fort hood for seven months. Client returned to Fort Hood on his own, but went AWOL again after two weeks. After being AWOL for another ten months, Client was arrested. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client went AWOL from Fort Eustis and was arrested two months later. Client was afraid to turn herself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client went AWOL from the Marine Corps for eight months because he had a positive urinalysis for marijuana. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was AWOL from the Marine Corps Reserve for missing three months of drills and a two week annual training. Client wanted to be discharged from the Marine Corps but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client went AWOL from the Army for eighteen days while his unit was in Afghanistan. Client returned to Fort Bragg to be prosecuted for missing movement and desertion. Client hired Mr. Karns who negotiated his punishment down to an Article 15 and an honorable discharge.

Client went AWOL from the Army for a month and a half due to the ill health of his grandparents. Client wanted to be discharged from the Army but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was arrested after having been AWOL for six months from the U.S. Army Reserve. Client wanted to be discharged from the Army but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client discovered that he had a warrant for his arrest issued by the Army for desertion. He had completed his enlistment process at the local Military Entrance Processing Center over a year earlier, but never shipped out to basic training. Client wanted to be discharged from the Army but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a LCpl in the Marine Corps who, due to family problems, went AWOL from Camp Pendleton for seven months. Client wanted to be discharged from the Marine Corps but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns to represent him. Mr. Karns negotiated with the Marine Corps for a nonjudicial punishment, after which Client was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client went AWOL from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego for three months. Client wanted to be discharged from the Marine Corps but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a PFC in the Army and went AWOL while on leave from Afghanistan for over two years. Client wanted to be discharged from the Army but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client went AWOL from the Army for one month because his parents could no longer care for his son. Client wanted to be discharged from the Army but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns who negotiated his punishment down to an Article 15 and an general discharge.

Client went AWOL from the Army after several post-deployment medical issues. Client wanted to be discharged from the Army but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a SPC in the Army who went AWOL from Fort Bragg for three and one half months. Client wanted to be discharged from the Army but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns who negotiated Client’s punishment down to a summary court-martial followed by a general discharge.

Client went AWOL from the Army for three months. Client wanted to be discharged from the Army but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a SPC in the Army who missed movement due to a custody battle with an ex-spouse who was trying to take his children. Client hired Mr. Karns who negotiated his punishment down to an Article 15 and Client was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Marine who went AWOL from Camp Pendleton for five months due to family problems. Client wanted to be discharged from the Marine Corps but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was AWOL for eighteen months when he was arrested. Client wanted to be discharged from the Army but was afraid to turn himself in for fear of being prosecuted and receiving a jail sentence. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Soldier was AWOL for 60 days in time of War. Soldier received an Article 15 and Chapter Separation with an Honorable Discharge.

Client was a Private First Class in the USMC before going AWOL for approximately one month. Client wanted out the Marine Corps but was afraid he would get jail time if he returned. Client hired Mr. Karns to represent him. Client was administratively separated and according to his goal received no jail time and no conviction.

Client was a Seaman Recruit in the U.S. Navy before going AWOL for five months. Client wanted to get out of the Navy without having to do any jail time or receive a conviction. Client hired Mr. Karns and received a General Discharge with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Private in the USMC before going AWOL for eight months. Client wanted to get out of the Marine Corps without having to do any jail time or receive a conviction. Client hired Mr. Karns and received a General Discharge with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army before going AWOL for ten months. Client wanted to get out of the Army but was afraid to turn himself in because he didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Private First Class in U.S. Army before going AWOL for two and a half months. Client wanted to get out of the Army but was afraid to turn himself in because he didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Private in the USMC before going AWOL for four months. Client wanted to get out of the USMC but was afraid to turn himself in because he didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Private in the Army National Guard who stopped drilling with his unit and was AWOL for approximately one year because of a family tragedy. Client wanted to get out of the Guard but was afraid to turn himself in because he didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and received a General Discharge with no jail time or conviction.

Client enlisted in the U.S. Army but never reported to basic training. After being AWOL for approximately five years, Client was arrested when he crossed the border into the United States. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Seaman Recruit in the U.S. Navy before going AWOL for three months. Client wanted to get out of the Navy but was afraid to return to the Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes. Client hired Mr. Karns who arranged for him to return to Naval Station Norfolk instead, where Client was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Specialist in the U.S. Army before going AWOL for one month. Client wanted to get out of the Army but was afraid to turn himself in because he didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

After four years of prior service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Client enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Specialist but went AWOL after five months. Client wanted to get out of the Army but was afraid to turn himself in because he didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Private in the U.S. Army who lost his brother in a tragic automobile accident four months prior to going AWOL. Client wanted to get out of the Army but was afraid to turn himself in because he didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Specialist in the U.S. Army before going AWOL for nine months. Client wanted to get out of the Army but was afraid to turn himself in because he didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Private in the U.S. Army who was arrested by local law enforcement after having gone AWOL. Client’s family hired Mr. Karns and Client was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Private in the U.S. Army before going AWOL for two months. Client wanted to get out of the Army but was afraid to turn himself in because he didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and received a General Discharge with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Specialist in the U.S. Army before going AWOL for over five and a half years. Client wanted to get out of the Army but was afraid to turn himself in because he didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Private in the U.S. Army who was arrested by local law enforcement after a traffic stop. Client had a federal deserter’s warrant because he had been AWOL for over two years. Client’s family hired Mr. Karns who persuaded the local Judge to grant Client time served for the citations so that he could be released and returned to the Army where he was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army who went AWOL for two months after being injured in training. Client wanted to get out of the Army but was afraid to turn himself in because he didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army and single mother of a seven year old boy. Client’s mother had been caring for Client’s son while she completed her training. When her mother could no longer care for her boy, Client went AWOL. Client wanted to get out of the Army but was afraid to turn herself in because she didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and received a General Discharge with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Private First Class in the USMC before going AWOL from Camp Lejeune for approximately one month. After Client was arrested by local law enforcement he hired Mr. Karns. Client was returned to the USMC and placed in pretrial confinement pending his prosecution. Client was administratively separated with no further jail time and no conviction.

Client was a Private in the USMC who was being discharged for going AWOL but left again before the process was completed. He remained AWOL for approximately eight years before he was arrested and returned to Marine control. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time and no conviction.

Client was a Private in the U.S. Army who had a positive urinalysis and went AWOL twice. Client hired Mr. Karns and received a General Discharge with no jail time or conviction.

Client was a Private in the Army National Guard who went AWOL from training. Client wanted to get out of the Guard but was afraid to turn himself in because he didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time and no conviction.

Client was a Specialist in the U.S. Army who was involuntarily mobilized from the IRR and went AWOL for six months. Client wanted to get out of the Army but was afraid to turn herself in because she didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time and no conviction.

Client was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army who was AWOL for almost three years.

Client wanted to get out of the Army but was afraid to turn himself in because he didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time and no conviction.

Client was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army Reserve who was AWOL for almost eight months. Client wanted to get out of the Army but was afraid to turn herself in because she didn’t want to be prosecuted or receive any jail time. Client hired Mr. Karns and was administratively separated with no jail time and no conviction.



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