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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Civilian Court-Martial Lawyers: Senior Military Officer Facing Involuntary Administrative Discharge, Represented by Attorney Richard V. Stevens, Allowed to Retire Honorably

Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a senior military officer who was served with notice of involuntary administrative discharge action (officer elimination, show cause, board of inquiry, administrative discharge, administrative separation) was authorized to retire honorably rather than continue with the involuntary administrative discharge board hearing.  The officer was accused of a pattern of misconduct and was defended by military law attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.).

In response to the notice of involuntary discharge and board of inquiry hearing, the respondent, through counsel, submitted a detailed written rebuttal package explaining the circumstances and asking to retire instead of continue to the separation hearing – despite the recommendations by his command for his discharge.  Ultimately, the officer’s request was accepted, the discharge proceeding was dropped, and the officer retired honorably after two decades of military service. 

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 on 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 Northern Florida, but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed.

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