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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Civilian Court-Martial Lawyers:
Military Drug Crime Defense 
(UCMJ Article 112a)

Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

This blog post responds to recent inquiries.  I am a civilian criminal defense attorney and a former military JAG lawyer.  My military defense law practice covers bases and military clients all over the world.  

As a military law specialist, my legal practice is exclusively limited to representing and defending military members of all service branches, stationed around the world, who are facing all types of military specific adverse actions. This includes representing and defending military clients facing drug crime allegations (UCMJ Article 112a) including:

- Wrongful use of controlled substances;
- Wrongful possession of controlled substances;
- Wrongful manufacture of controlled substances;
- Wrongful distribution of controlled substances;
- Wrongful import or export of controlled substances; and,
- Wrongful introduction of controlled substances onto military installation, vessel, vehicle or aircraft. 

Over the years, I have defended numerous military members facing these claims and court-martial trials.  Successful defenses in these cases often involve coordination with a defense expert in forensic toxicology, the ability to understand and strategically apply or rebut the results of the DoD military drug testing (urinalysis, blood analysis, bodily fluids), including the drug testing lab’s “litigation package,” and/or attacking the credibility of alleged co-actors, confidential informants or sources.    

I have defended military court-martial cases alleging wrongful involvement with a variety of drugs/controlled substances, including:

Ecstasy (MDMA)
Opium and Opiates
Prescription pain medications
Anabolic steroids
GHB ("date rape drug")
“Spice” (Salvia and variety of herbal and synthetic marijuana/cannabinoids)
“Huffing” (inhalants)

One important factor that has recently contributed to allegations of drug offenses in the military is self-medication by those suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues arising out of combat in the Middle East.  This can lead to addiction issues and legal complications and has played a prominent role in many of my recent military cases. 

If you’re facing allegations of drug crimes in the military, please don’t hesitate to seek the legal help you’re going to need.  Initial case consultations are free. 

Please contact me by:

Toll Free Phone:  800-988-0602
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By: Attorney Richard V. Stevens
Civilian court-martial lawyer and military law specialist
Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, PC

Civilian court-martial lawyer blog postscript: Attorney Frank Spinner and I (attorney Richard Stevens) are former active duty military lawyers (JAG attorney/lawyer). Our perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon our experience as military defense lawyers and as civilian criminal defense lawyers practicing exclusively, and specializing, 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 Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens and/or The Law Office of Frank J. Spinner for a free consultation. Our military defense law offices are located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Our military defense law practices are worldwide.

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