Air Force O-3 Found Not Guilty After Testing Positive for Cocaine

Air Force O-3 (O-4 Select) tested positive for cocaine on a unit sweep urinalysis. During our case investigation, our client’s wife admitted to using cocaine on a regular basis within the home without our client’s knowledge. Despite making this fact known to our client’s command well in advance of trial, his command still referred his case to a General Court-Martial, where he faced the possibility of 5 years confinement and a dismissal from the Air Force. At trial, we successfully demonstrated the realistic possibility that our client could have unknowingly ingested an amount of cocaine sufficient to produce his positive urinalysis. After only 29 minutes of deliberations, the member panel found our client NOT GUILTY of the charge against him.