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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Civilian Court-Martial Defense Lawyer: Military Officer Represented by Attorney Richard V. Stevens is Retained in Military After Litigated BOI Hearing

Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a military officer defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) was retained in the military after a litigated board of inquiry (BOI) hearing.   

In the military, involuntary administrative discharge board hearings are referred to by different labels, such as board of inquiry (BOI), show cause, officer elimination, adsep board, administrative separation, and administrative discharge board.  Regardless of the label, this is an administrative hearing in which the military is attempting to involuntarily discharge (kick out) a member from the military.  If the member is involuntarily discharged, they not only face the loss of their military career, but they often face a less than fully honorable service characterization, loss of retirement, and loss of certain benefits. 

In this case, the officer client faced the BOI, being accused of serious or recurring misconduct, based on multiple allegations of misconduct and several adverse actions that had been served.  Unlike military courts-martial, the government’s burden of proof at an administrative board hearing such as this is not beyond a reasonable doubt.  Rather, it is the lesser preponderance of the evidence standard. 

At the BOI hearing, we challenged and/or mitigated all of the government’s allegations and the prior adverse actions, calling witnesses, cross-examining the government’s witnesses, and presenting evidence.  Ultimately, after closing arguments and deliberations, the three O-6 panel members returned a decision that there was no basis for discharge, and the officer client was retained in the military. 

Because of the nature of administrative board hearings, no identifying specifics about this particular case can be discussed.  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 as we do, can guarantee the outcome of any military case. 

For more information about the military justice system, particularly involuntary discharge actions, please see:

For descriptions of other military cases defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens this year, please see:

For descriptions of military cases defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens in recent previous years, please see:

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Attorney Stevens has been handling military cases on and off active duty since 1995.  We offer free consultations for a military case you may be involved in.  Just call us.

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: I (attorney Richard V. Stevens) am a former active duty military lawyer (JAG). My perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon my experience as military defense lawyer and as a civilian criminal defense lawyer 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 for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in the Northern Florida/Georgia areas, but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed around the world.

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