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Sunday, January 01, 2023

Civilian Court-Martial Defense Lawyer: End of Year Wrap-Up and Welcome to 2023


Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Another year has come to an end and it was another gratifying year of defending those who defend us!  We sincerely thank our clients for allowing us the privilege of representing them and their families.  Thank you all so much for your service and your sacrifice!

As former active duty military defense JAG lawyers, and now as civilian court-martial defense attorneys, we strive to help military members and their families during very difficult times.  Therefore, we measure the term “success” by how well we were able to help our clients and their families with outcomes that positively resolve the military cases, allegations, adverse actions and investigations they faced – not by our financial bottom line.    

Looking back on 2022, it was marked by positive outcomes and grateful clients – from court-martial trials dropped and won to successful appeals and responses to other military adverse actions and discipline.  These outcomes are extremely gratifying for us.  Some of the successes from this past year have been documented in our blog (when we have time to post updates).  

Here are some links to blog posts describing the outcomes of some of my 2022 cases:

2022 Year-End Case Summaries:


Rape and Sexual Assault:


Rape and Sexual Assault:



Senior Officer Professional Misconduct:



Senior Officer Professional Misconduct:



Rape and Sexual Assault:



Retired Senior Officer, Officer Grade Determination (OGD):



Officer Professional Misconduct:



Larceny (Alleged PCS Voucher Fraud):



Two Rape and Sexual Assault Cases:

We are very thankful for the successful outcomes we have been able to secure for our clients this past year.  For ease of researching, here are links to my year-end blog posts, and case outcomes, from recent previous years:

2021 Cases:

2011-2020 Cases: 

As we always caution, while the military court-martial trials and other military cases described in our blog posts were successfully defended against, it is important to understand that every case has different facts, evidence, and participants, and success in previous military courts-martial and military cases does not guarantee success in any particular future court-martial or military case.  No military lawyer or civilian defense lawyer, including those who specialize in military law, can guarantee the outcome of any military case or military trial. 

This past year, I defended, represented, advised, counseled or otherwise assisted clients and/or handled cases out of:

- Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Washington State)

- Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland (Texas)

- Fort Bragg (North Carolina)

- Fort Eustis (Virginia)

- Fort Carson (Colorado)

- Fort Hood (Texas)

- Fort Belvoir (National Capital Region)

- Fort Shafter (Hawaii)

- Camp Lejeune (North Carolina)

- Bethesda Naval Hospital (Maryland)

- Naval Air Station Pensacola (Florida)

- Naval Base San Diego (California)

- Pax River Naval Base (Virginia)

- Travis AFB (California)

- Vandenberg AFB (California)

- Seymour Johnson AFB (North Carolina)

- Cannon AFB (New Mexico)

- Laughlin AFB (Texas)

- Beale AFB (California)

- Osan AB (Korea)

- Mountain Home AFB (Idaho)

Some of the cases, allegations and military law issues I handled this past year included:

- Involuntary Manslaughter (UCMJ Article 119)

- Negligent Homicide (UCMJ Article 134) 

- Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct (UCMJ Article 120)

- Aggravated Assault and Physical Assault and Battery (UCMJ Article 128)

- Larceny, Wrongful Appropriation, Contract Fraud, BAH Fraud, PCS Fraud, Travel Voucher Fraud (UCMJ Article 121)

- Insubordination, Failure to Obey Lawful Orders, & Dereliction of Duty (UCMJ Articles 91 & 92)

- Drug Offenses: Wrongful Use, Possession, Introduction, Distribution of Controlled Substances (UCMJ Article 112a)

- Child Physical and Sexual Abuse

- False Official Statement (UCMJ Article 107)

- COVID Vaccine Refusals

- Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and Gentleman (UCMJ Article 133)

- UCMJ Article 134 offenses including:

  - Adultery

  - Fraternization

  - Sexual Harassment

  - Receipt, possession and/or distribution of child pornography

  - Obstruction of Justice

  - Wrongfully communicating a threat

  - Wrongfully posting sexual pictures online

Some of the adverse actions I have defended against this past year have included:

- Court-martial trials and court-martial clemency (general court-martial and special court-martial)

- Administrative discharge boards, administrative separation boards (ADSEP)

- Officer Elimination Actions, Board of Inquiry (BOI), Show Cause actions

- Senior Officer Investigations and Discipline

- Officer Grade Determination (OGD)

- Article 15, Nonjudicial Punishment (NJP)

- Performance report appeals (OER, NCOER, OPR, EPR)

- Board for Corrections of Military Records (BCMR) (BCNR) appeals in different military branches

- Discharge Review Board (DRB) appeals in different military branches

- Medical De-Credentialing, Privileging Actions

- Flying Evaluation Boards (FEB)

- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests

- Military Academy discipline, disenrollment, boards, and appeals

Given the potential consequences to military careers, families and personal freedom when facing military discipline, adverse action and/or court-martial trial, it is critical to be defended by a lawyer with experience in military law.  For those seeking assistance, we offer free initial case consultations. 

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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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