Experienced Military Lawyers in San Diego Fighting For You

Are you a service member facing legal challenges? Our team of dedicated military lawyers in San Diego is here to provide you with expert legal representation. We understand the unique legal needs of military personnel and are committed to defending your rights and interests.


At Military Veteran Law Center, we take pride in offering top-notch legal services to members of the armed forces in San Diego. Our experienced military lawyers possess a deep understanding of military law and are dedicated to achieving favorable outcomes for our clients. When you’re facing legal issues, you need a strong and knowledgeable advocate in your corner. That’s exactly what we provide.

Our Client Reviews

Xavier Ortiz
Xavier Ortiz
Only military lawyer that would answer his phone on a Saturday afternoon, very fast, reliable and gave me multiple resources to get me the help I needed.
George Wilson
George Wilson
Great guy super helpful!!
Mohamad Saleh
Mohamad Saleh
The best attorney I have ever encountered very knowledgeable and knows what he’s talking about I would definitely definitely recommend anyone to him try him out won’t let you down
Bobby McKenzie
Bobby McKenzie
I’d definitely recommend him. He’s very helpful and gives great advice
Mr.Brodsky was very helpful i would definitely recommend him to anyone that is dealing with the military.
Jazaye Pollard
Jazaye Pollard
Mr. Brodsky was a tremendous help. I had no idea on what to do as far as fixing my dd214. He was genuine with assisting me, I highly recommend.
jennifer patterson
jennifer patterson
When your reputation and your freedom is at stake, you want to make sure you get an attorney that is well known, knowledgeable about the current laws and experienced enough to know how to handle complex situations. Don't regret going with Mr. Brodsky. He knows his law and has put in his time. He is worth every penny.
steven mckinney
steven mckinney
Attorney Stephen Brodsky defended me with great diligence and tenacity, ultimately yealding possitive results at a fare rate
Ryle David
Ryle David
First off I would like to say I am so happy with the results I received picking Stephen Brodsky as my criminal defense attorney. Not to get in to detail about my case but he rightfully proved me innocent in a matter that others have said I was not. He is devoted to his practice an will fight harder for your freedom then any other attorney. Thank you Stephen.
Lando Reese
Lando Reese
Steve is the most passionate lawyer I ever hired. He takes time to listen to you and makes you feel valued and safe..I have witnessed first hand his passion and willingness to fight for his client and with results..I enocouage you that if your seeking counsel and want to get the best results possible he is the man for the job..

Our Practice Areas

If you have received a less than honorable discharge from the military and believe that your discharge is unfair or unjust, it is crucial to consult with an experienced military discharge upgrade lawyer

At our law center, our military physician defense attorneys are dedicated to providing superior legal representation to service member medical providers/physicians across all branches of the military.

Our experienced team of attorneys is dedicated to assisting military personnel in navigating the complex process of determining their appropriate pay grade. Learn more about how we can help

At Military Veteran Law Center, We specialize in military defense and have a proven track record of successfully representing clients in cases involving unauthorized absence and desertions.

Looking for professional and reliable Detachment for Cause service in San Diego? Look no further than the Law Offices of Stephen R Brodsky!service is a vital resource for military officers facing disciplinary action.

we specialize in providing expert guidance and representation, If you are facing NJP or seeking advice on how to navigate the process, we are here to help.

At Military Veterans Law Center, we provide comprehensive legal representation for individuals facing ROTC disenrollment or disciplinary actions at the US Naval Academy, including military medical credentialing actions. Our experienced team of attorneys understands the complexities and challenges associated with these matters and is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of our clients.

Why Choose Our Military Lawyers in San Diego

  1. Expertise: As a former JAG Attorney Stephen Brodsky knows how to aggressively defend your rights in military law and has a comprehensive understanding of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and other relevant laws.
  2. Experience: With years of experience, our military lawyers have successfully handled a wide range of cases for service members in San Diego.
  3. Personalized Approach: We recognize that every case is unique. Our lawyers tailor their strategies to your specific situation, ensuring the best possible outcome.
  4. Aggressive Defense: We are relentless in our pursuit of justice for service members. Our aggressive approach aims to protect your rights and reputation.
  5. Responsive Communication: We understand the importance of keeping our clients informed. Our team is responsive and keeps you updated at every stage of your case.

Our Military Law Services in San Diego:

  1. Court-Martial Defense: If you’re facing a court-martial, our skilled attorneys will mount a vigorous defense to protect your career and future.
  2. Administrative Proceedings: We assist with administrative separations, boards of inquiry, and other administrative proceedings that could impact your military career.
  3. Criminal Defense: Our military lawyers are well-versed in handling various criminal charges service members might face, both in the military and civilian courts.
  4. Security Clearance Issues: If your security clearance is at risk, we can help you navigate the process and work to retain your clearance.
  5. Appeals: If you’ve received an unfavorable decision, our appellate lawyers can help you appeal the verdict and fight for a better outcome.

When your military career and future are at stake, you need the best legal representation. Our dedicated military lawyers in San Diego are ready to stand by your side. Don’t hesitate to reach out for a confidential consultation.

Active Duty Military and Veterans

At Military Veteran Law Center, our attorneys are former officers in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocates General Corps. (JAG Corps). We understand the unique challenges military personnel face. There can be serious collateral consequences for your career. We know how to work with prosecutors, the court, and your command to get your life back on track.

Active Duty Military Service Members May be Discharged from Military Service as a result of a federal law known as the Lautenberg Amendment

Lautenberg Amendment Under the Lautenberg Amendment, any person who commits a crime of domestic violence loses his right to possess, use, own or transport any kind of firearms. The Lautenberg Amended the Gun Control Act of 1968 to include military service members from using, owning or possessing any firearms.
The Lautenberg Amendment disqualifies a service member from serving in the armed forces. Active Duty military service members are likely to be administratively discharged with an other than honorable discharge, because, without firearms capabilities, the armed forces do not consider them worldwide deployable.
The Lautenberg Amendment does not apply to veterans of the armed forces The Lautenberg Amendment does not apply to veterans of armed forces, because they are no longer on active duty.
Restraining or Protective Orders in Domestic Violence Cases A restraining or protective order issued by a California Superior Court in a domestic violence case prohibits the service member from owning, using or possessing firearms. As a result of being disqualified from owning, using or possessing firearms, the service member may be administratively discharged from his or her armed branch of service.

New Pre-Trial Misdemeanor Diversion Law (Penal Code section 1001.80)

The new Pre-Trial Misdemeanor Diversion Law will qualify active duty military service members and veterans of the armed forces for dismissal of their misdemeanor cases and the removal of their arrest records.

Under the new pre-trial misdemeanor diversion law (Penal Code section 1001.80), an active duty service member or veteran of an armed branch of military service may qualify for dismissal of the misdemeanor charges and removal of the arrest record upon which the charges were based. This essentially means that the service member or veteran will have a clean record under the new law as long as he or she meets certain criteria.

To qualify for the Pre-Trial Misdemeanor Diversion Program, the following qualifications must be met:

  1. You must be either an active duty military service member for any branch of the armed forces or a veteran of any branch of the armed forces.
  2. You must be suffering from one or more of the following documented medical conditions:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sexual Trauma
Traumatic Brain Injury
Substance Abuse Dependency
Any Verified Mental Health Problem as diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional.

3. Your qualifying condition must be related to your military service.

This does not mean that you had to have served in combat or in overseas deployment. “Military Service” could be during peacetime or while there is an armed conflict or war. For example, a seaman (0-1) who works in a supply or personnel division during peacetime on one of the shore commands qualifies for Pre-Trial Misdemeanor Diversion as long as their medical condition arose during the period of and as a result of his or her military service.

Please consult with us, today, to see if you may qualify for the diversion program, even if you are just in the process of enlisting or joining the U.S. Military. Our expert lawyers may be able to argue that there is a sufficient connection between your enlistment in the armed forces and the development of a qualifying mental health disorder. Our lawyers will work with your recruiter to help ensure that your efforts to join the military are not disrupted by an existing misdemeanor case. Call us, today, for a free confidential consultation!

Here’s what you have to produce when applying for the Pre-Trial Misdemeanor Diversion Program:

a) A military identification card or DD-214 (for veterans to prove their period of military service)

b) Documented proof that you suffer from one of the medical or psychological conditions described above. This means you must have a medical record or some documentation that diagnoses you as suffering from one of the qualifying medical or psychological conditions. The diagnosis must have been made by a licensed mental health professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, or clinical social worker in the case of mental health disorders. If you are suffering from a traumatic brain injury, a licensed medical professional will be the diagnosing medical provider such as a psychiatrist, neurologist or neurosurgeon.

You must be willing to waive your right to a speedy trial in order to qualify for this program. Ordinarily, every citizen has a constitutional right to a speedy trial. This means the prosecution must bring the accused person to trial within a reasonable period of time so that the accused’s right to a fair trial is not prejudiced by the loss of evidence and witnesses. When you agree to participate in the diversion program, you give up this right for a period of two years.

The Court has the authority to place you in a rehabilitation program it deems appropriate and suitable for your medical or psychological condition based on the reports of licensed mental health professionals or other licensed medical providers.

The County of your residence is responsible for providing appropriate treatment resources on to the extent that such resources are available. This means that the San Diego County Mental Health Agency in your county of residence is obligated to provide you with treatment resources as long as they are reasonably available. It appears that the court has the authority to refer you to the Veteran’s Administration or the Military to provide services if the county services are not reasonably available. The court may refer you to a County Veterans service officer for this purpose. It is unclear from the law, whether or not the court would have the authority to refer the service member or veteran to treatment resources provided by the Veteran’s Administration or the United States Military. The law invites substantial litigation about the scope of the court’s authority in referring active duty military and vets to treatment resources outside the county in which the court has jurisdiction.

The Court will require that the treatment provider produce progress reports to the court every six months during the two year diversion period.

If the Court, based upon the progress reports, believes that you are participating unsatisfactorily in the program or you are not benefiting from the program’s services, it may order that the original criminal charges be reinstated and that the prosecution of those charges shall continue until your case is resolved by plea bargain or trial.

Before the court can order reinstatement of your criminal charges, you must be afforded a hearing in court to dispute the program’s recommendations. At Military Veteran Law Center, our lawyers may hire experts to fight the termination of the program.

So please contact our law firm immediately to schedule a consultation, so we can begin to prepare a defense that will keep you in the diversion program. Call us today for a free confidential consultation!

In addition to County treatment resources, the court has the authority to refer the service member to the United States Veteran’s Administration for additional treatment resources. Again, the law is unclear whether or not the court also has the authority to refer to the active duty service member to similar programs offered by U.S. Military hospitals or clinics.

At the end of the treatment program, if the court finds that you have satisfactorily completed the Pre-Trial Misdemeanor Diversion Program, it will immediately dismiss all charges and order the California Department of Justice to purge its records of the arrest upon which the charges were based. This means that you will have an absolutely clean record.

At My Criminal Defense, our attorneys are former officers in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocates General Corps. (JAG Corps). These experienced attorneys will be equipped to vigorously defend you if your eligibility to continue in the diversion program has been threatened with termination. Please contact My Criminal Defense, today, to schedule a free confidential consultation!


Military Defense Attorney San Diego

Attorney Stephen Brodsky is a former United States Navy Judge Advocates General (JAG) Officer who provides legal defense services for active duty military service members in the following areas:


There are three types of courts-martial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice:

  • General Courts-Martial
  • Special Courts-Martial
  • Summary Courts-Martial

Offenses Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice

Military Veteran Law Center
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