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Sunday, August 02, 2015

CIVILIAN COURT-MARTIAL DEFENSE LAWYERS: Military Officer Acquitted of Forcible Rape and Sexual Assault Court-Martial Allegations (UCMJ Article 120)

Military Criminal Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a military officer was acquitted of allegations that he forcibly raped one complainant and sexually assaulted another complainant in a general court-martial trial (UCMJ Article 120).  The accused military member was defended by military law attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.). 

The military client was accused of sexually assaulting an acquaintance after a night of drinking and forcibly raping another complainant three or more times (depending on the versions of her story). 

The accused military member pled not guilty and entered a fully litigated general court-martial trial.  Prior to trial, the defense got one sexual assault allegation dismissed for legal reasons.  The trial involved many motions, witnesses and expert testimony.  Ultimately, the officer client was found not guilty of all alleged rapes and allegations regarding one complainant and not guilty of all alleged sexual assaults regarding the second complainant.  He was convicted of only one - not Article 120 - allegation regarding the second complainant. 

While the rape and sexual assault allegations in this military court-martial case were successfully defended, it is important to understand that every case has different facts, and success in previous cases 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 trial or case.

For more information about the military justice system, particularly cases alleging rape and/or sexual assault in violation of UCMJ Article 120, type “rape” or “sexual assault” into the search bar above the blog posts.  Also, see:

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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, 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.

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