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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Civilian Court-Martial Defense Lawyers: Senior Military Officer Retires Honorably at Highest Rank Held

Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a senior military officer who faced an investigation and officer grade determination (OGD) retired honorably, and at the highest rank he held.  The senior military officer was represented and defended during this process by military criminal defense attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.)  

Because of the administrative nature of these actions, much detail cannot be discussed.  Suffice it to say, the investigation was contradictory and not supported by the evidence, but rather was motivated by the politics of the day.  When the client retired, he faced an officer grade determination (OGD) which could have reduced his retired rank to whatever rank he was determined to have last held honorably. 

The defense/respondent submitted a rebuttal to the OGD, pointing out the deficiencies and issues with the investigation and case against the client, and the client was retired honorably, at the highest military grade/rank he served in.  It was a long and difficult process, but the ultimate successful outcome was testament to the officer’s career of military service to this country.  

While this military 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.

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Thank you.    

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

Blog postscript: Attorney Frank J. Spinner and I (attorney Richard V. 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 and military justice. 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 and The Law Office of Frank J. Spinner for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Northern Florida/Georgia areas, but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed around the world.

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