Military Defense Law Offices
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Q: How would hiring you as my defense lawyer be beneficial for my military case?

A: No civilian defense attorney or military defense lawyer can guarantee you an outcome in your military case. The benefit of hiring experienced civilian defense attorneys like us is that we have years and years of military law experience beyond that of your appointed military defense counsel.  We then become value-added for your defense team, and our experience can benefit all phases of your court-martial case – spotting legal issues, filing motions, engaging in pretrial negotiations or case discussions with the prosecution and/or command, dealing with the media, preparing trial strategy, and performing in trial (including arguments, witness questioning, utilizing experts).  Our extensive military law and criminal defense experience can, likewise, benefit you if you are seeking representation in a board hearing or disciplinary, administrative or personnel issue that doesn’t rise to the level of court-martial.  
Q: Do attorneys Richard V. Stevens and Frank J. Spinner work together, and are they partners?
A: No. Each attorney has a completely separate and independent law practice, with no common clients, offices, or personnel. The attorneys share this website to facilitate contact with their respective military defense law practices, but they are not partners and they do not work together. Mr. Stevens also has attorney Michael J. Coco working with him in an "of counsel" capacity with the Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens.  


Q: When considering hiring a civilian defense counsel for my military case, is it important for the civilian attorney to have military law experience?

A: In our opinion, this is a very important factor to consider.  The military justice system is governed by their own laws, regulations, and procedural rules. The military has a culture that is unique and, in many ways, very different than civilian society.  These legal and cultural differences factor heavily into all aspects of defense strategy.  We only handle military cases, and have done so for combined decades.  


Q: Do you work with my appointed and/or requested military defense attorney(s)?

A: Yes. If you hire either of us, we will work with your appointed/requested military defense attorney as your "defense team." As the civilian counsel, we will act as your lead defense lawyer, and your military lawyer(s) will assist us.  We have achieved successful results working with Army defense counsel, Navy defense counsel, Air Force defense counsel, Marine defense counsel and Coast Guard defense counsel.  


Q: Do you represent/defend military members in all service branches?

A: Yes. We have represented members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard stationed around the world.


Q: Do you represent/defend military members regardless of where they are stationed?

A: Yes. We have represented military members stationed around the globe and will travel to any base inside or outside the continental United States. We have represented/defended military members in foreign countries, remote locations, and areas where combat operations were taking place.


Q: Do you have experience with senior enlisted and senior officer cases?

A: Yes. We have worked on numerous senior enlisted and senior officer cases. We have represented military members with ranks ranging from E-1 through 0-7.


Q: Do you have experience dealing with media coverage of military cases?

A: Yes. Because we often handle cases involving the most serious accusations, including murder, sexual offenses, combat related offenses ("war crimes") and senior officer cases, many of these cases have been covered by regional, national and international media. It is crucial not just to react to the media interest, but to have a thorough and strategic media plan from the outset.  We also instruct at defense attorney conferences about how to defend cases involving media coverage.  


Q: Do you have experience handling complex trials involving numerous witnesses and experts?

A: Yes. We have handled countless cases, both military and civilian, that involved numerous different witnesses, issues and experts. For example, we have had potential witness lists that identify 100 or more possible witnesses. We have also defended cases in which many different experts were involved in the same case. Some of these trials have lasted for weeks at a time. Cases such as these require experience in large-scale trial strategy, effective use of experts and complete knowledge of all issues, evidence and information available in the case.


Q: Do you have experience handling cases involving national security and classified information issues? 

A: Yes.  We have handled cases involving national security and classified information issues.  These cases have included government assertions of privilege (M.R.E. 505), closed trial sessions, and case preparation in SCIFs.


Q: With your busy trial schedule, do you still represent military members facing administrative actions or lesser disciplinary actions?

A: Yes. As long as our trial schedules will permit, we will handle administrative actions and lesser disciplinary actions, to include administrative discharges/separations, various board hearings, Article 15/NJP/Captain’s Mast, security clearance issues, MEB/PEB, FEB, AIB, medical de-credentialing boards, promotion denial or performance report appeals, corrections of military records (BCMR) and even military investigations (command or IG) and other lower-level military punishments and adverse actions.

*Your decision about who will represent you is extremely important. Call or write either of us and ask your own questions to ensure you make the most informed decision you can.  Initial client consultations are provided free of charge.