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Thursday, May 28, 2015

CIVILIAN COURT-MARTIAL DEFENSE LAWYERS: Senior Military Officer Retires Honorably, at Highest Grade, After Wins in Administrative Board Hearings

Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a senior military officer who was a veteran of combat deployments and decorations retired honorably, at the highest rank served, after victories in two administrative board hearings, including an administrative discharge board.  The client was represented and defended by military law attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.).

The officer client was accused of on and off-duty misconduct, faced disciplinary actions, and faced two administrative board hearings, including an involuntary administrative discharge board hearing (also referred to as a “show cause hearing” or “board of inquiry” (BOI), or “officer elimination action”).  After victories in both board hearings the client served out the remainder of his career with distinction, retired honorably, and was not reduced in retired rank through an officer grade determination (OGD). 

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. 

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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 Northern Florida (Pensacola, Ft Walton, Destin, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, Duke Field, Panama City, Tyndall AFB areas) and Colorado Springs, Colorado (FT Carson, Peterson AFB, Air Force Academy, Schriever AFB, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Buckley AFB areas), but our military defense law practices are worldwide – we travel to wherever our clients are stationed or serving and need us.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


We hope you have a very happy and meaningful Memorial Day (weekend).  In the midst of your other activities, please take some time to reflect on the meaning of the holiday and say thank you for those brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country!