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Friday, March 29, 2019


Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a military member defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) had the sexual misconduct and other misconduct allegations and military court-martial case he faced dropped (UCMJ Article 120).

The military client was accused of engaging in an incident and situation that included alleged sexual misconduct, other misconduct, and supposedly attempting to cover up the alleged offense (obstruction of justice) afterward.  He was represented by attorney Richard V. Stevens from the point he was charged until his court-martial case was dropped. 

The military client was charged with the offenses and faced an Article 32 hearing.  Prior to the Article 32 hearing, the defense made multiple submissions in which we raised significant concerns about how the investigation was conducted, and the incorrect conclusions drawn from that flawed investigation.  We then identified numerous witnesses to present these points at the Article 32 hearing.

The government then reconsidered the case and determined that the court-martial charges and allegations should be withdrawn and the court-martial case was dropped before the Article 32 hearing was scheduled to take place. 

Had there been a court-martial trial and sex crime conviction in this case, the client could have been sentenced to a punitive discharge, a lengthy term of confinement in prison and, in addition, he may have been required to register as a sex offender.  Thankfully, the court-martial case was dropped and he was spared this devastation to his future. 

While this military court-martial and sexual offense 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. 

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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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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