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Thursday, September 27, 2012


Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a former military officer represented by military law defense attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) was notified that he won the Discharge Review Board (DRB) appeal.

Years ago, the officer client was accused of misconduct and was discharged by a military discharge board panel.  At that time, the client was represented by appointed military defense counsel.  The client hired civilian defense lawyer Richard V. Stevens for a Discharge Review Board (DRB) appeal.  The appeal package was prepared, argued and submitted by Richard V. Stevens, and we recently received notice that the appeal was granted and the DRB upgraded the discharge characterization to an Honorable Discharge, the reason for discharge was changed to a non-adverse reason, and the reenlistment code (“RE Code”) was changed to a non-adverse code. 

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 misconduct and filing administrative appeals with the military branch Discharge Review Boards or Boards of Correction for Military Records, please access our blog ( and enter “discharge review board” or “DRB” or “board of corrections for military records” or “BCMR” in the blog search box above the top blog post 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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