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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Civilian Court-Martial Lawyers:
Court-Martial Not Pursued Against Military Officer Defended by Attorney Richard V. Stevens

Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a military officer who had been notified that he would face general court-martial charges/allegations of various claimed violations of lawful general regulations had that court action dropped by the government before it was formally taken. The accused military member was defended by military law attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.).

After being informed that court-martial charges were imminent, the defense submitted a memorandum refuting such a course of action and advocating that the allegations could be appropriately addressed in lesser forums.  In response, the government chose not to pursue a court-martial but to instead address the case administratively. Ultimately, the case was resolved and no involuntary actions to end the officer’s military career were taken. The maximum authorized punishment for a court-martial conviction on the allegations in this case would have included years in prison and dismissal (dishonorable discharge).

While this military court-martial case was successfully defended against, 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 on the military justice system, please see our other blog posts.

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.

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