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Monday, January 17, 2011

Civilian Court-Martial Lawyers:
Military Rape & Sexual Assault Defense 
(UCMJ Article 120)

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 allegations of rape (UCMJ Article 120), sexual assault and other sexual misconduct (such as adultery and fraternization). 

With regard to rape, sexual assault and sexual misconduct allegations, today's military climate presumes guilt and misinformation is purposely spread by command, in their sexual assault briefings, in an effort to be politically correct and to overcompensate for perceived shortcomings in dealing with these cases in the past.  This has poisoned the entire military justice process - from the investigators (CID, AFOSI, NCIS) through command, JAG, convening authorities, prosecutors, the judiciary and potential court (jury) members.  

As a result of this dangerous climate, scores of rape, sexual assault and sexual misconduct allegations and court-martial trials have arisen in the military in recent years.  Sadly, a large percentage of the military cases we defend against are claims of rape and other alleged sexual misconduct/crimes.  In these cases, the accused military members face extreme jeopardy - possible criminal conviction, lengthy jail terms, dishonorable discharge, sex offender registration and a variety of other personal, family and professional consequences.  An experienced and aggressive defense is absolutely vital in these cases.  

The current military climate motivated me to write the following blog post about how the military justice system cannot be considered fair when dealing with these claims:

Here are links to other blog posts addressing the rape, sexual assault and sexual misconduct military cases and court-martial trials that we've defended:

If you’re facing these allegations, 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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