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Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, three administrative disciplinary cases in the military were successfully defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.). 

In the first case, a field grade military officer received a negative (referred) performance report based on alleged misconduct.  That performance report would have impacted the client’s chances for promotion to the next rank and future military assignments.  A lengthy rebuttal was submitted, including newly obtained witness statements, and the negative performance report was withdrawn. 

In the second case, a senior field grade officer was under investigation for alleged fraudulent activities.  It became clear during the course of the investigation that the military investigators did not understand the situation they were looking into and, once that was clarified for them, the investigation against the client was dropped with no adverse action taken. 

In the third case, a senior field grade officer was investigated for alleged misconduct and received administrative disciplinary action.  A rebuttal was submitted that resulted in the action being downgraded to the extent that it would be treated as “desk drawer” and would not become a matter of record – thus, avoiding negative ramifications for the client’s officer performance report and future military assignments. 

While these three military administrative disciplinary actions were successfully defended against, 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. 

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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 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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