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Wednesday, July 08, 2020


Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a junior enlisted military member defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) had the rape and sexual assault case he faced dropped by the military before court-martial charges were preferred (UCMJ Article 120).

The military client was accused of, and investigated for, having sex with a civilian acquaintance that he met online who claimed she did not consent.  The complaining witness provided chat communications to the military investigators to prove that she had met the client on the night in question, but she conveniently did not turn over to investigators the other chat communications with the client after the visit, in which she told the client how much she enjoyed it, and that she wanted to do it again later that week.  Only after being ignored by the client for the next month did she come forward claiming she was raped by him.  Based on the surrounding circumstances, the client was initially placed into pretrial confinement.  Defense counsel opposed the pretrial confinement and made a submission on the client’s behalf, including the chat communications that the complainant did not turn over.  Considering that submission, the accused client was released from pretrial confinement and the case was dropped right before court-martial charges were supposed to be preferred against the client.  He was cleared of the claim.    

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 would have been required to register as a sex offender.  Thankfully, after exposing the complainant’s lies, the case was dropped and the client was spared this risk of devastation to his future. 

While this military court-martial and sexual assault 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. 

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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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