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Friday, March 29, 2019


Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a former military officer defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) had his background cleared and professional license granted.

The officer client was represented by attorney Richard V. Stevens years ago in a Discharge Review Board hearing in which the client was successful.  However, earlier this year the client was denied a professional license based on information in his military background about that case that was inaccurate and misunderstood by civilian authorities. 

If the situation was not corrected, the former officer client would have not only lost his job, but he would not have been able to continue with his (post-military) civilian professional career.  In coordination with a civilian law firm in the location where the client worked and lived, attorney Stevens prepared a submission that explained not only the history of the client's military case, but military law and the military disciplinary system as it applied to the client's situation.  Based on that submission, the professional license denial decision was reversed, the client was granted his professional license, and he can now continue in that job and in that career field. 

This case highlights the jeopardy military members face when civilians do not understand the military or the military disciplinary system, and they base decisions on incorrect assumptions. 

While this military case was 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. 

We offer free consultations for a 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 Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, National Capital Region (NCR), 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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