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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Civilian Court-Martial Lawyers:
Military Murder, Manslaughter & Homicide Defense 
(UCMJ Articles 118, 119, 134)

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 court-martial and/or allegations of:

- Premeditated murder [UCMJ Article 118(1)];

- Murder [UCMJ Article 118(2) - intent to kill or inflict great bodily harm];

- Murder [UCMJ Article 118(3) - act inherently dangerous to another];

- Murder [UCMJ Article 118(4) - act committed during certain offenses];

- Voluntary manslaughter [UCMJ Article 119(1)];

- Involuntary manslaughter [UCMJ Article 119(2);

- Death or injury of an unborn child [UCMJ Article 119a];

- Shaken baby cases; and,

- Negligent homicide [UCMJ Article 134, ¶85].

Throughout my career, I have defended military clients accused of premeditated murder, murder, murder by inherently dangerous act and involuntary manslaughter by act of culpable negligence.  I have also defended against claims of attempted murder, solicitation of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.  Some of the victims of these alleged acts have included wives, children, friends/associates and allegations arising out of combat in the Middle East.    

Some of the methods for committing these alleged acts in cases I’ve defended have included shooting, strangulation, stabbing (attempted decapitation), assault/beating, poisoning and motor vehicle accident.  More specifically, these cases have included allegations of:

- A military officer accused of solicitation to commit the murder of Iraqi Al Qaeda terrorist insurgents in combat;

- A military NCO accused of premeditated murder of Iraqi Al Qaeda terrorist insurgent, attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder in combat;

- A military officer accused of premeditated murder of wife by poisoning;

- A military officer accused of attempted murder of wife by poisoning (dropped to assault);

- A military NCO accused of murder of wife by strangulation;

- A military officer accused of murder of infant child by blunt force trauma (beating);

- A military enlisted member accused of murder of toddler by smothering;

- A military enlisted member accused of murder, then manslaughter, due to DUI accident; and,

- A military enlisted member accused of attempted murder by attempted decapitation.

These investigations and court-martial trials are often very complicated and lengthy, and defending against these alleged crimes often involves attacking and using many different experts in disciplines such as toxicology, pathology, clinical medicine, emergency medicine and trauma, forensic crime scene analysis and reconstruction, analysis of DNA/blood/tissue/bodily fluids evidence, ballistics, psychology/psychiatry, and mitigation. 

If you’re facing allegations of murder, manslaughter or homicide 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:

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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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