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Thursday, September 20, 2012


Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a military officer represented by military law defense attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) was notified that the criminal investigation and case against him was being dropped with no adverse disciplinary action to be taken – therefore, preventing any adverse impact on his military career progression. 

The client was accused of financial fraud for allegedly applying for and receiving money and benefits the client was not entitled to (UCMJ Article 120, Larceny; UCMJ Article 107 False Official Statement; UCMJ Article; UCMJ Article 133, Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and Gentleman).  During the investigation of the case, the defense submitted two detailed rebuttal statements to the allegations, describing the truth of the situation and clarifying the misunderstandings and misinterpretations believed by the government. 

Due to the nature of adverse administrative actions in the military, no further details about this case can be released.  While the defense was successful in this case, it is important to understand that every case has different facts, and success in some previous case(s) 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 case.

For more information and case descriptions about defending military clients accused of fraud, larceny, wrongful appropriation and related offenses, please enter “fraud” and/or “larceny” in the blog search box above and you will be able to review previous posts about these topics and case defenses.  For more information on other aspects of the military justice system, please see our other blog posts.  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: Attorney Frank J. Spinner and I (attorney Richard V. 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 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 and The Law Office of Frank J. Spinner for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Southern New Jersey, but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed.

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