Recently, a military officer facing court-martial charges/allegations of larceny and, generally, claims associated with alleged travel voucher fraud, had the charges and court-martial the officer faced 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.).
At the time of the alleged misconduct, this reservist officer was mobilized on active duty orders. Originally, the accused officer faced three charges and 9 specifications in which the government claimed he stole money by receiving monetary benefits he wasn’t entitled to while activated on mobilization orders. It was immediately clear the government didn’t understand the Joint Federal Travel Regulation (JFTR), but it took considerable effort and time to make them understand their mistakes. On the eve of the pretrial Article 32 hearing, the case was postponed and ultimately it was dropped when those responsible for authoring the JFTR issued an authoritative memo informing the government they were wrong.
A field grade officer facing court-martial allegations of travel voucher fraud stemming from a period of active duty mobilization had his court-martial case dropped after the Article 32 hearing was litigated, and on the eve of trial. The government chose to address the case administratively instead of take the case to trial as previously planned.
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.