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Saturday, June 18, 2022

CIVILIAN COURT-MARTIAL DEFENSE LAWYER: Senior Military Officer Represented by Attorney Richard V. Stevens Retires Honorably, at Highest Rank, after Officer Grade Determination (OGD)


Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, a senior military officer defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) who had previously received a disputed administrative disciplinary action retired honorably from the military, at the highest rank he held. 

Because this was an administrative case, there are Privacy Act issues and regulations that preclude the reporting of specific details.  However, what can be generally described is…

This case began as a very serious criminal investigation, in which the client was accused of a crime he did not commit.  The investigation seemed to be based more on assumptions than any fact or evidence that was objectively incriminating.  After a very lengthy investigation, no court-martial charges were preferred, and the criminal aspect of the case was dropped.  A low-level administrative disciplinary action was taken due to an ancillary issue. 

During the course of the investigation, the accused officer’s retirement was placed on hold.  After the case was concluded, and when the client applied to retire, an Officer Grade Determination (OGD) was triggered and Attorney Stevens represented the client in that action.  In response to the OGD notification, the defense submitted a rebuttal detailing the exemplary service of the officer at the highest rank he held.  After consideration at the Secretary level, the senior officer client was notified that he would retire at the highest rank he held.

He now moves on to the next chapter in his life, without the stain of a reduced retirement rank along with the significant financial penalty of such a retirement reduction.  While the defense was successful in this military 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. 

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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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