Army Major Erik Burris was convicted at a general court-martial at Fort Bragg, North Carolina of rape, sodomy, assault and disobeying orders regarding incidents involving his estranged ex-wife. He received 20 years confinement, a dismissal and total forfeitures of pay and allowances. Major Burris plead not guilty to all charges against him but the Army prosecutors were able to convince a court-martial panel that he was guilty of a number of serious offenses. Regardless of the specifics or evidence of the case, there is certainly something ironic about a conviction of an Army lawyer who, not long ago, was doing the Army’s dirty work to secure sexual assault convictions against other soldiers. The power of an accusation from a victim is an awesome power.
Facing an accusation of sexual assault, rape or even just sexual harassment can be a scary proposition. The government has all the power and all the assets and tools to charge and try anyone. You have to fight such charges from the very beginning before a conviction ruins your life and you find yourself behind bars for many years. You need aggressive legal representation from someone who understands what prosecutors do and from someone who knows how to fight them all the way. If you find yourself facing sexual assault, sexual harassment, or rape charges, contact military defense lawyer Colby C. Vokey for a free consultation at (214) 697-0274.