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A Captain’s Mast

When a service member in the Navy is arrested on DWI charges, they may face serious punishments both from a criminal hearing and a non-judicial hearing known as a captain’s mast. These hearings should not be confused with a military trial for the service member. Instead, these hearings are meant to provide a voice for the service member and a platform to decide military punishments.

To discuss your legal options if you have been charged with intoxicated driving and are in the military, contact Raleigh DWI attorney Jim Black today by calling 919-600-4609.

How a Captain’s Mast Works

A captain’s mast can easily be confused for a trial. These hearings include different actions that can be construed as similar parts to a trial. However, a captain’s mast is not a true trial. While a service member has the right to present a defending argument, they may not necessarily present extensive evidence or follow through with full witness testimony. Instead, the hearing is a quick opportunity to allow the service member to defend themselves from the allegation they face.

This hearing is not a trial, but may include the following actions:

  • The commander officer gathers information regarding the DWI incident
  • The commander officer allows the accused to defend their actions
  • The commander officer decides whether to enforce punishments or not

These hearings do not generally fare well for the accused individual. As a result, that service member may lose privileges, drop in rank, and even be dishonorably discharged in severe cases.

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If you have been charged with DWI, you may face serious penalties. However, our experienced legal advocates may be able to help you. For more information, contact Raleigh DWI lawyer Jim Black today at 919-600-4609.



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