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Thursday, May 09, 2019

CIVILIAN COURT-MARTIAL DEFENSE LAWYER: JUNIOR ENLISTED MILITARY MEMBER REPRESENTED BY ATTORNEY RICHARD V. STEVENS HAS SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE DROPPED (UCMJ ARTICLE 120)


Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a junior enlisted military member defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) had the sexual assault case he faced dropped by the military before court-martial charges were preferred (UCMJ Article 120).

The military client was accused of, and investigated for, having sex with a military acquaintance when she was supposedly too intoxicated to consent.  The defense expected the witnesses to dispute that the complainant was too intoxicated, and to confirm she was engaged in behavior that indicated she was interested in the client, but one witness had a different perspective.  The initial allegation in the case came from a bystander who was romantically interested in the complainant, and it appeared from the outset that he was the driving (jealous) force who was truly pushing the complaint.  Because of this, we sat back and waited to see if the complainant would truly commit to the prosecution of the case – knowing that she was not too intoxicated to consent and that her behavior that night was all indicative of interest in the client.  

We received mixed messages from the government about whether the case was going forward, and requests for subject interview that we declined.  Ultimately, the complainant would not commit to going forward and the government dropped the case before court-martial charges were preferred.  This case was different than most, because our strategy in this case was to sit back and wait for the case to crumble based on what the other witnesses were saying and the complainant knowing we would be asking tough questions based on what those witnesses saw, whereas we are normally confronting the case head-on and presenting a glimpse of the government’s future case problems through defense submissions.

Had there been a court-martial trial and sex crime conviction in this case, the client could have been sentenced to a punitive discharge, a lengthy term of confinement in prison and, in addition, he may have been required to register as a sex offender.  Thankfully, the case was dropped and he was spared this risk of devastation to his future. 

While this military court-martial and sexual assault 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 about the military justice system, particularly cases alleging rape and/or sexual assault in violation of UCMJ Article 120, type "rape" or "sexual assault" into the search bar above the blog posts and see:


We offer free consultations for a case you may be involved in.  Just call us. 
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: I (attorney Richard V. Stevens) am a former active duty military lawyer (JAG). My perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon my experience as military defense lawyer and as a civilian criminal defense lawyer 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 for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, National Capital Region (NCR), but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed around the world.

Friday, March 29, 2019

CIVILIAN COURT-MARTIAL DEFENSE LAWYER: MILITARY MEMBER REPRESENTED BY ATTORNEY RICHARD V. STEVENS HAS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND OTHER MISCONDUCT COURT-MARTIAL CHARGES AND CASE DROPPED (UCMJ ARTICLE 120)


Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a military member defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) had the sexual misconduct and other misconduct allegations and military court-martial case he faced dropped (UCMJ Article 120).

The military client was accused of engaging in an incident and situation that included alleged sexual misconduct, other misconduct, and supposedly attempting to cover up the alleged offense (obstruction of justice) afterward.  He was represented by attorney Richard V. Stevens from the point he was charged until his court-martial case was dropped. 

The military client was charged with the offenses and faced an Article 32 hearing.  Prior to the Article 32 hearing, the defense made multiple submissions in which we raised significant concerns about how the investigation was conducted, and the incorrect conclusions drawn from that flawed investigation.  We then identified numerous witnesses to present these points at the Article 32 hearing.

The government then reconsidered the case and determined that the court-martial charges and allegations should be withdrawn and the court-martial case was dropped before the Article 32 hearing was scheduled to take place. 

Had there been a court-martial trial and sex crime conviction in this case, the client could have been sentenced to a punitive discharge, a lengthy term of confinement in prison and, in addition, he may have been required to register as a sex offender.  Thankfully, the court-martial case was dropped and he was spared this devastation to his future. 

While this military court-martial and sexual offense 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 about the military justice system, particularly cases alleging rape and/or sexual assault in violation of UCMJ Article 120, type "rape" or "sexual assault" into the search bar above the blog posts and see:


We offer free consultations for a case you may be involved in.  Just call us. 
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: I (attorney Richard V. Stevens) am a former active duty military lawyer (JAG). My perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon my experience as military defense lawyer and as a civilian criminal defense lawyer 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 for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, National Capital Region (NCR), but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed around the world.

CIVILIAN COURT-MARTIAL DEFENSE LAWYER: MILITARY OFFICER REPRESENTED BY ATTORNEY RICHARD V. STEVENS HAS RAPE CHARGE AND CASE DROPPED (UCMJ ARTICLE 120)

Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a military officer defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) had the forcible rape allegation and military court-martial case he faced dropped (UCMJ Article 120).

The officer client was accused of forcibly raping, and injuring, a civilian acquaintance.  He was represented by attorney Richard V. Stevens from the date he was charged until his case was dropped.  The officer client was charged with forcible rape by the military and faced an Article 32 hearing.  At the Article 32 hearing, the defense called multiple witnesses and presented considerable evidence regarding the lack of credibility and motives of the complaining witness.  This was followed by a lengthy written argument about these topics.

After considering the testimony and evidence in the case, the senior military JAG officer who served as the Article 32 Preliminary Hearing Officer (PHO) found that no probable cause existed that the officer committed the alleged forcible rape and recommended the case be withdrawn and dropped, rather than proceed to trial by general court-martial.  The military followed this recommendation and withdrew the charge and dropped the case. 

Had there been a court-martial trial and sex crime conviction in this case, the client could have been sentenced to a dismissal (dishonorable discharge), life or decades in prison and, in addition, he would have been required to register as a sex offender.  Thankfully, the case was dropped and he was spared this devastation to his future.  He can now move on from this case without the stigma of a sexual assault conviction which would have affected the remainder of his life.    

While this military court-martial and rape 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 about the military justice system, particularly cases alleging rape and/or sexual assault in violation of UCMJ Article 120, type "rape" or "sexual assault" into the search bar above the blog posts and see:


We offer free consultations for a case you may be involved in.  Just call us. 
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: I (attorney Richard V. Stevens) am a former active duty military lawyer (JAG). My perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon my experience as military defense lawyer and as a civilian criminal defense lawyer 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 for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, National Capital Region (NCR), but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed around the world.

CIVILIAN COURT-MARTIAL DEFENSE LAWYER: NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER (NCO) REPRESENTED BY ATTORNEY RICHARD V. STEVENS AVOIDS DISCIPLINARY ACTION


Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a non-commissioned officer (NCO) defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) avoided disciplinary action after a command misconduct investigation.  

The NCO client was accused of misconduct and faced a command investigation when he retained attorney Richard V. Stevens.  As the investigation proceeded, attorney Stevens made a submission on the client's behalf that was critical of key aspects of the investigation as well as the manner in which the investigation was being conducted. 

After consideration of that defense submission, the client's command decided not to serve any formal disciplinary action on the client.  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. 

For more information about the military justice system, including military investigations, see:


We offer free consultations for a case you may be involved in.  Just call us. 
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: I (attorney Richard V. Stevens) am a former active duty military lawyer (JAG). My perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon my experience as military defense lawyer and as a civilian criminal defense lawyer 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 for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, National Capital Region (NCR), but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed around the world.

CIVILIAN COURT-MARTIAL DEFENSE LAWYER: MILITARY OFFICER AND PILOT REPRESENTED BY ATTORNEY RICHARD V. STEVENS PREVAILS AT FLYING EVALUATION BOARD (F.E.B.) AFTER AVIATION MISHAP


Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a military officer and pilot defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) prevailed in a litigated Flying Evaluation Board (F.E.B.) hearing that addressed an aviation mishap the pilot was involved in. 

The officer client was involved in an aviation mishap that resulted in a Safety Investigation Board (S.I.B.), an Accident Investigation Board (A.I.B.), and a Flying Evaluation Board (F.E.B.).  During the F.E.B. process and hearing, the client was represented by attorney Richard V. Stevens.  An F.E.B. hearing is a formal administrative hearing before fellow pilots in which recommendations are made about whether the accused pilot should remain in aviation service, and whether that pilot can continue to wear his wings.  Based on that recommendation, the pilot could continue his military career, or he could face the loss of his flying career, his military career, and be involuntarily administratively discharged.

In this F.E.B. case, the defense called multiple witnesses and presented considerable evidence not only in support of the pilot, but addressing the unique circumstances of this aviation mishap.  After closing arguments, the F.E.B. members delivered a unanimous recommendation in favor of the pilot continuing in military aviation service.  Because an F.E.B. is a closed administrative hearing, specific details cannot be provided. 

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. 

For more information about the military justice system, particularly cases involving aviation issues and Flying Evaluation Boards, see:


We offer free consultations for a case you may be involved in.  Just call us. 
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: I (attorney Richard V. Stevens) am a former active duty military lawyer (JAG). My perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon my experience as military defense lawyer and as a civilian criminal defense lawyer 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 for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, National Capital Region (NCR), but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed around the world.

CIVILIAN COURT-MARTIAL DEFENSE LAWYER: BACKGROUND CLEARED FOR FORMER MILITARY OFFICER REPRESENTED BY ATTORNEY RICHARD V.


Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a former military officer defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) had his background cleared and professional license granted.

The officer client was represented by attorney Richard V. Stevens years ago in a Discharge Review Board hearing in which the client was successful.  However, earlier this year the client was denied a professional license based on information in his military background about that case that was inaccurate and misunderstood by civilian authorities. 

If the situation was not corrected, the former officer client would have not only lost his job, but he would not have been able to continue with his (post-military) civilian professional career.  In coordination with a civilian law firm in the location where the client worked and lived, attorney Stevens prepared a submission that explained not only the history of the client's military case, but military law and the military disciplinary system as it applied to the client's situation.  Based on that submission, the professional license denial decision was reversed, the client was granted his professional license, and he can now continue in that job and in that career field. 

This case highlights the jeopardy military members face when civilians do not understand the military or the military disciplinary system, and they base decisions on incorrect assumptions. 

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. 

We offer free consultations for a case you may be involved in.  Just call us. 
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: I (attorney Richard V. Stevens) am a former active duty military lawyer (JAG). My perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon my experience as military defense lawyer and as a civilian criminal defense lawyer 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 for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, National Capital Region (NCR), but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed around the world.

Friday, February 15, 2019

CIVILIAN COURT-MARTIAL DEFENSE LAWYER: SENIOR NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER (NCO) REPRESENTED BY ATTORNEY RICHARD V. STEVENS RETIRES HONORABLY AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS DROPPED (UCMJ ARTICLE 120)



Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) retired honorable from the military after nearly three decades of service after having the sexual assault allegations he faced (UCMJ Article 120) dropped.

The NCO client was accused of sexual assault by a fellow service member who claimed she was too drunk to have consented and that she did not, in fact, consent to the sexual activity she alleged had occurred on the night in question.  The case was headed toward court-martial.  As the investigation progressed, however, and the defense provided evidence in the case, it became apparent that the complainant's story was contradicted by witnesses and evidence, to include electronic evidence.  Ultimately, despite the complainant's continued claim that she was victimized and did not consent, a court-martial was not pursued. 

The case did not end, however.  The military opted to attempt to administratively punish and administratively discharge the senior NCO based on these claims.  This is the latest trend in the military - when they recognize they will likely lose a case at trial, they take flawed, weak cases to administrative forums, where the burden of proof is much lower (preponderance of the evidence) and the rights of the accused are much more limited. 

Despite the military's effort to administratively discharge the client, the board members saw the case for what it was, disagreed with the command, and retained the senior NCO.  He then finished out his career and has now retired honorably.   

Had there been a court-martial trial and sex crime conviction in the case, the client could have been sentenced to a dishonorable discharge, decades in prison and, in addition, he would have been required to register as a sex offender.  Thankfully, the truth prevailed and he was spared this devastation to his future.  He can now move on from this case without the stigma of a sexual assault conviction which would have affected his life for the remainder of his days.  He also survived the government's attempt to kick him out and deny him a retirement through administrative discharge.  He is now an honorable military retiree, as the evidence showed he showed be, despite all the political and public relations pressure to sacrifice military members in the name of "believe the victim" and presumption of guilt. 

While this military court-martial and discharge 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 about the military justice system, particularly cases alleging rape and/or sexual assault in violation of UCMJ Article 120, type "rape" or "sexual assault" into the search bar above the blog posts and see:


We offer free consultations for a case you may be involved in.  Just call us. 
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: I (attorney Richard V. Stevens) am a former active duty military lawyer (JAG). My perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon my experience as military defense lawyer and as a civilian criminal defense lawyer 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 for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, National Capital Region (NCR), but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed around the world.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

CIVILIAN COURT-MARTIAL DEFENSE LAWYER: LARCENY AND FRAUDULENT TRAVEL VOUCHER ALLEGATIONS IN ARTICLE 15 (NONJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT) DROPPED FOR NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER (NCO) REPRESENTED BY ATTORNEY RICHARD V. STEVENS (UCMJ ARTICLES 107, 121, 132)

Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a non-commissioned officer (NCO) defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) had the Article 15 (nonjudicial punishment) he received that alleged larceny (UCMJ Article 121), fraudulent travel vouchers (UCMJ Article 132), and false official statements (UCMJ Article 107) dropped and he was cleared to continue his military career.

The NCO client was accused of these offenses through an Article 15 (nonjudicial punishment) that he accepted, but he pled not guilty and disputed the allegations and the action itself.  Based on the defense submission on the client's behalf, the allegations and the Article 15 were dropped, and the client's record was cleared. 

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. 

For more information about the military justice system, particularly cases alleging larceny, wrongful appropriation, and fraudulent travel vouchers in violation of UCMJ Articles 121, 107, and 132, please see:


We offer free consultations for a case you may be involved in.  Just call us. 
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: I (attorney Richard V. Stevens) am a former active duty military lawyer (JAG). My perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon my experience as military defense lawyer and as a civilian criminal defense lawyer 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 for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, National Capital Region (NCR), but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed around the world.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Civilian Court-Martial Defense Lawyer: End of Year Wrap-Up and Welcome to 2019




Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

 Another year has come to an end, and it was another gratifying year of defending those who defend us! We want to sincerely thank our clients for allowing us the privilege of representing them and their families.  Thank you all so much for your service and your sacrifice!

As former active duty military defense JAG lawyers, and now as civilian court-martial defense attorneys, we strive to help military members and their families during very difficult times.  Therefore, we measure the term “success” by how well we were able to help our clients and their families with outcomes that positively resolved the military cases, allegations, adverse actions and investigations they faced – not by our financial bottom lines.    

Looking back on 2018, it was marked by positive outcomes and grateful clients – from court-martial trials dropped and won to successful appeals and responses to other military adverse actions and discipline.  These outcomes are extremely gratifying for us.  Some of the successes from this past year have been documented in our blog (when we have time to post updates).  

This past year, I defended, represented, advised, counseled or otherwise assisted clients and/or handled cases out of:

- Peterson AFB (Colorado Springs, CO)
- U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO)
- Lakenheath AB (England)
- Joint Base Andrews (Washington DC, National Capital Region)
- Offutt AFB (Omaha, Nebraska)
- Tyndall AFB (Panama City, Florida)
- Ramstein AB (Germany)
- Maxwell AFB, Gunter Annex (Montgomery, Alabama)
- Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (Anchorage, Alaska)
- Travis AFB (California)
- Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland AFB (San Antonio, Texas)
- Holloman AFB (Alamogordo, New Mexico)
- Kirtland AFB (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
- Little Rock AFB (Little Rock, Arkansas)
- Joint Base San Antonio, Randolph AFB (San Antonio, Texas)
- Robins AFB (Warner Robins, Georgia)

- Naval Base San Diego (San Diego, California)
- Lamoore Naval Air Station (Lamoore, California)
- MCAS Iwakuni (Japan)
- Naval Air Station Pensacola (Florida)
- Fort Knox (Kentucky)
- Fort Irwin (California)
- US Military Academy, West Point (New York)
- FT Hood (Killeen, Texas)

 Some of the cases, allegations and military law issues I handled this past year included:

- Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct (UCMJ Article 120)

- Forcible Sodomy (UCMJ Article 125)

- Larceny, Wrongful Appropriation, BAH Fraud, PCS Fraud, Travel Voucher Fraud (UCMJ Article 121)

- Insubordination, Failure to Obey Lawful Orders, & Dereliction of Duty (UCMJ Articles 91 & 92)

- Drug Offenses: Wrongful Use, Possession, Introduction, Distribution of Controlled Substances (UCMJ Article 112a)

- Physical Assault and Assault Consummated by Battery (UCMJ Article 128)

- Child Abuse

- False Official Statement (UCMJ Article 107)

- Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and Gentleman (UCMJ Article 133)

- Joint Federal Travel Regulation (JFTR) fraud

- UCMJ Article 134 offenses including:

  - Adultery

  - Fraternization

  - Sexual Harassment

  - Receipt, possession and/or distribution of child pornography

  - Obstruction of Justice

Some of the adverse actions I have defended against this past year have included:

- Court-martial trials and court-martial clemency (general court-martial and special court-martial)

- Administrative discharge boards, administrative separation boards

- Officer Elimination Actions, Board of Inquiry (BOI)

- Senior Officer Investigations and Discipline

- Officer Grade Determination (OGD)

- Article 15, Nonjudicial Punishment (NJP)

- Performance report appeals (OER, NCOER, OPR, EPR)

- Board for Corrections of Military Records (BCMR) appeals in different military branches

- Discharge Review Board (DRB) appeals in different military branches

- Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) and Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) cases in different military branches

- Medical De-Credentialing, Privileging Actions

- Flying Evaluation Boards (FEB)

- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests

- Military Academy discipline, disenrollment, boards, and appeals

Here are some links to blog posts describing the outcomes of some of my 2018 cases:













We are very thankful for the successful outcomes we have been able to secure for our clients this past year.  For ease of researching, here are links to my year-end blog posts, and case outcomes, from recent previous years:

2017 Year-End Case Summaries:



2016 Year-End Case Summaries:



2015 Year-End Case Summaries:



2014 Year-End Case Summaries:



2013 Year-End Case Summaries:



2012 Year-End Case Summaries:



2011 Year-End Case Summaries:


As we always warn, while the military court-martial trials and other military cases described in our blog posts were successfully defended against, it is important to understand that every case has different facts, evidence, and participants, and success in previous military courts-martial and military cases does not guarantee success in any particular future court-martial or military case.  No military lawyer or civilian defense lawyer, including those who specialize in military law, can guarantee the outcome of any military case or military trial. 

Given the potential consequences to military careers, families and personal freedom when facing military discipline, adverse action and/or court-martial trial, it is critical to be defended by a lawyer with experience in military law.  For those seeking assistance, we offer free initial case consultations. 

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By: Attorney Richard V. Stevens
Civilian criminal defense lawyer and military defense lawyer
Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.
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Blog postscript: I (attorney Richard V. Stevens) am a former active duty military lawyer (JAG). My perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon my experience as military defense lawyer and as a civilian criminal defense lawyer 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 for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, National Capital Region (NCR), but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed around the world.