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Sunday, January 01, 2012

Civilian Court-Martial Defense Lawyers:
Goodbye 2011 and Thank You!

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. 

As former 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 “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 financial bottom lines. 

Looking back on 2011, 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.  This is extremely gratifying for us.  Some of those successes 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:

- Joint Base Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina
- Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey
- Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, including Schofield Barracks and Wheeler AAF, Hawaii
- Peterson AFB, Colorado
- United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado
- Fort Carson, Colorado
- Fort Hood, Texas
- Fort Polk, Louisiana
- Fort Bragg and Pope AFB, North Carolina
- Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
- Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
- Vance AFB, Oklahoma
- Langley AFB, Virginia
- Naval Station Norfolk
- FE Warren AFB, Wyoming
- MCRD San Diego, California
- Camp Pendleton, California
- Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
- Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
- Cases/clients out of Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea and Okinawa

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

- Larceny, Wrongful Appropriation (UCMJ Article 121)
- AWOL & Desertion (UCMJ Articles 85 & 86)
- Insubordination, Failure to Obey Lawful Orders, & Dereliction of Duty (UCMJ Articles 91 & 92)
- Malingering (UCMJ Article 115)
- Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct (UCMJ Article 120)
- Forcible Sodomy (UCMJ Article 125)
- Drug Offenses, Wrongful Use, Possession, Distribution of Controlled Substances (UCMJ Article 112a)
- Assault (UCMJ Article 128)
- False Official Statements (UCMJ Article 107)
- Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and Gentleman (UCMJ Article 133)
- Joint Federal Travel Regulation (JFTR) fraud
- Wire fraud under federal code
- Weapons charges under federal code
- UCMJ Article 134 offenses including:
  - Adultery
  - Fraternization
  - Sexual Harassment & Indecent Language
  - Accessing adult and child pornography on the internet
  - Dishonorable Failure to Pay Debt
  - Obstruction of Justice
- Cases involving classified information and closed trial sessions (MRE 505)

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

- Court-martial trials
- Administrative discharge/separation boards
- Article 15, Nonjudicial Punishment (NJP)
- Performance report appeals (OER, NCOER, OPR, EPR)
- Board of Corrections for Military Records (BCMR) appeals in different military branches
- Discharge Review Board (DRB) appeals in different military branches
- MEB/PEB cases in different military branches
- Flying Evaluation Boards (FEB)

Here are some links to posts describing some of my 2011 cases:

We are very thankful for the successful outcomes we have been able to secure for our client.  But, as we always warn, while the military trials and 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. 

Given the potential consequences to military careers, families and personal freedom when facing a military adverse action or trial, it is critical to be defended by a lawyer experienced in military law.  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, PC

Blog postscript:  Defense attorney Frank Spinner and defense attorney Richard Stevens are civilian court-martial defense lawyers and former active duty military defense lawyers (JAG).  The perspectives in this blog, therefore, are based on their experience as military defense attorneys 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 trial defense and appellate defense, court-martial defense 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 the Law Office of Frank Spinner for a free initial consultation.  Our military defense law offices are located in New Jersey and Colorado Springs, respectively, but our military defense law practices are worldwide – we travel to wherever our clients are stationed or need us.

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