Legal problems may be civil or criminal in nature. Civil legal problems take many forms (from being served with notice of a lawsuit, to a letter from home) and can involve a wide range of issues, such as lawsuits, divorce and separation, debt collection, taxes, citizenship issues, landlord-tenant problems, estate planning, and literally hundreds of other issues. A common element is that such problems can have a devastating effect on a Marine’s state of mind and readiness if these problems are not adequately addressed. Marine Corps judge advocates are trained to help your Marines solve these problems, and are familiar with military-specific laws that are designed to address many problems unique to the military community.
Facing criminal charges can be a significant stressor for Marines. Not all individuals handle this type of stress the same way. Commanders need to be aware that any decision regarding initiation of a criminal investigation or disciplinary action for alleged misconduct will cause significant stress for the Marine in trouble. The weight of criminal charges hanging over a Marine’s head can have a devastating effect on that Marine’s state of mind, readiness, and ability to perform.
For more information on this topic to include definitions, risk factors, why Marines may not seek help, and prevention, please select the general information tab above. If you are looking to solve a specific problem please select one of the specific problem tabs above. Under each specific problem you will find an overview that discusses the specific problem as well as what to look for, what to do, what to avoid, what to expect after taking action, and troubleshooting.