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Friday, June 15, 2018

Civilian Court-Martial Defense Lawyer: Retirement Eligible Military Officer Represented by Attorney Richard V. Stevens is Retained in Military after False Sexual Assault Allegations

Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a retirement eligible, military officer defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) who had previously been cleared of a false sexual assault allegation, was retained in the face of an involuntary administrative discharge action (UCMJ Article 120). 

Originally, the officer client faced a general court-martial in which a lower ranking military member accused him of sexual assault.  In the lead up to the court-martial, we exposed the allegation to be false based on the digital evidence in the case.  The court-martial was dropped, even though the complaining witness continued to claim she was a "victim," despite the evidence to the contrary.  

The officer client did receive administrative punishment due to the circumstances surrounding what occurred, consensually, on the night at issue.  That administrative punishment triggered an involuntary administrative discharge board (show cause, BOI).  Thankfully, the board just recently retained the officer client, who has served the country honorably for decades.  The client is now in the process of honorably retiring from the military. 

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 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 and 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: 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.