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Monday, December 27, 2010

Civilian Court-Martial Lawyers:
End of Year Wrap Up and Thank You!

As another year comes to an end, we want to offer our clients our sincere thanks for allowing us the privilege of representing them and their families, and for the successes we have enjoyed in doing so.

We don’t measure “success” by financial bottom lines. As former active duty military JAG attorneys, we do what we do to help military members and their families during very difficult times. Therefore, we define success by how well we were able to help our clients and their families and by outcomes that positively resolved the case against them and set them up for future successes.

As we look back on the year, it is marked by positive outcomes and grateful clients. That is extremely gratifying for us. Some of those successes have been documented in our blog.  Here are links to posts describing the outcomes of some of our cases:

Past Military Court-Martial Cases:

Past Military Rape, Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct Cases:

Past Military Administrative Cases:

Past Military Murder, Manslaughter and Homicide Cases:

Past Military Anthrax Vaccination Posts:

This year I (military law attorney Richard V. Stevens) handled military administrative and criminal cases and/or assisted, represented and/or defended clients stationed in 6 different countries and 16 different states.  These have included:


- Afghanistan
- Iraq
- Germany
- Japan/Okinawa
- South Korea
- Hawaii (Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield)


- Colorado:  (Air Force Academy (USAFA), FT Carson, Buckley AFB, Denver)

- Ohio:  (Wright-Patterson AFB)

- Maryland/Virginia/Washington DC:  (The Pentagon, Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility/Andrews AFB, Bolling AFB, Langley AFB, Norfolk Naval Shipyard)

- North Carolina:  (Pope AFB, Seymour Johnson AFB, FT Bragg)

- Georgia:  (FT Gillem, Dobbins ARB)

- Wyoming:  (FE Warren AFB)

- South Carolina:  (Joint Base Charleston/Charleston AFB, Shaw AFB, MCRD Parris Island)

- Louisiana:  (FT Polk)

- Arkansas:  (Little Rock AFB)

- Montana:  (Malmstrom AFB)

- Alabama:  (Maxwell AFB)

- Florida:  (Eglin AFB)

- Texas:  (Lackland AFB/Joint Base San Antonio)

- Michigan:  (Camp Grayling)

The military cases I handled this year have included:

- General Court-Martial
- Special Court-Martial
- Administrative Discharge or Separation
- Article 15, NJP, Captain’s Mast
- Reprimand (LOR, GOMOR)
- Admonition (LOA)
- Negative Counseling
- Performance Report or Evaluation Report Appeals – (NCOER, OER, OPR)
- USAF Evaluation Reports Appeals Board (ERAB) Appeals
- Board of Correction for Military Records (BCMR) Appeals - (AFBCMR, ABCMR)
- Discharge Review Board (DRB) Appeals - (AFDRB, ADRB)
- Department of Army Suitability Evaluation Board (DASEB) Appeals
- Formal Physical Evaluation Board (FPEB) Hearings and Appeals (Medical Boards - MEB, IPEB, FPEB)
- Investigations - (IG, AR 15-6, Command Directed, Criminal – CID, OSI, NCIS)

We are very thankful for the successful outcomes we have been able to secure for our clients. But, as we always warn, while the military trials/cases described in our blog posts were successfully defended against, it is important to understand that every case has different facts, 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 (court-martial).

As the new year approaches, I wish nothing but good fortune to you all. To those American service men and women out there, we are forever indebted to you for your sacrifices and service on our behalf. Thank you again.

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.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Happy New Year from a proud, and grateful taxpayer. You have made me so aware of the need for a vigorous defense for the men and women who serve us all. Thank you.