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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Civilian Court-Martial Lawyers:
Sexual Assault Charges and Court-Martial Dropped for Senior Field Grade Military Officer Represented by Attorney Richard V. Stevens

Recently, a senior field grade military officer
facing court-martial charges/allegations of sexually assaulting a minor on diverse occasions had the charges and court-martial dropped by the government.  No further disciplinary or adverse action was taken against the officer.  The accused military member was defended by military law attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.).

The accused client was served with court-martial charges alleging the sexual assaults and the case proceeded to a pretrial Article 32 hearing.  Prior to the hearing, inconsistencies in the allegations were uncovered and, ultimately, the accusations were recanted.  After the hearing the case was dropped and the officer’s career was not impacted.  The maximum authorized punishment for a court-martial conviction on the allegations in this case would have included more than 30 years in prison and dismissal (dishonorable discharge).

While this military court-martial 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 or case. 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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