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Friday, August 21, 2009

Court-Martial and Allegations Against Senior NonCommissioned Military Officer Defended by Attorney Richard V. Stevens Dropped

Recently, a senior noncommissioned military officer (NCO) facing court-martial charges/allegations of reprisal termination of a subordinate, sexual misconduct and misuse of government equipment had the allegations and possible court-martial dropped by the government.

The accused military member was defended by military law attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.). The case was aggressively defended against at the pretrial Article 32 hearing and the Investigating Officer recommended the case be dismissed. That recommendation was followed, the case was dropped, the case file was closed, and no further adverse action will be taken against the client.

A court-martial conviction would have resulted in a criminal record and could have resulted in a sentence including possible jail time and a punitive discharge. While this criminal case was successfully defended, it is important to understand that every case has different facts, and success in previous cases does not guarantee success in any particular future case. No military lawyer or civilian defense lawyer, including those who specialize in military law, can guarantee the outcome of any military trial. For more information on the military justice system, please see our other blog posts.

By: Attorney Richard V. Stevens
Civilian criminal defense lawyer and military defense lawyer
Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, PC

Blog postscript: Attorney Frank Spinner and I (attorney Richard Stevens) are former active duty military lawyers (JAG). Our perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon our experience as military defense lawyers and as civilian criminal defense lawyers practicing exclusively in the area of military law. This blog addresses issues in military law, military justice, military discipline, military defense, court-martial practice, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and other military and/or legal topics. Nothing posted in this blog should be substituted for legal advice in any particular case. If you seek legal advice for a particular case, please contact The Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens & The Law Office of Frank J. Spinner for a free consultation. Military defense law offices are located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Military defense law practices are worldwide.

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