Fort Carson Military Defense Lawyer

Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) violations are much more frightening than ordinary criminal violations in Colorado. Most servicemembers are very far from home and the ongoing support of loved ones. This sense of isolation enhances the loneliness that many servicemembers naturally feel when they’re stationed at Fort Carson or anywhere else in the world.

UCMJ infractions are also much more serious than Colorado criminal law infractions. In state court, and even in federal court, many criminal law defendants receive only a fine or another slap on the wrist, especially if they are first-time offenders. In the military justice system, there’s no such thing as a slap on the wrist. Any conviction means severe direct and collateral consequences. The direct consequences range from loss of important base privileges that many service members take for granted to dishonorable discharge and confinement in a military prison. The indirect consequences, such as a permanent criminal record, are often worse than the direct consequences.

The compassionate Fort Carson military defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens understand what military defendants are going though and what they’re facing. We have successfully resolved cases just like yours for twenty years. We begin with a thorough consultation. Then, we dig deeper into the facts and research the ever-changing law, to put your defense on the strongest possible foundation. Then, once the case goes to court, we are well-positioned to obtain results that exceed your expectations. No lawyer, civilian or otherwise, can promise results. But our Fort Carson military defense lawyers promise to do their best. In almost all cases, our best is more than good enough.

If a government lawyer says you violated the UCMJ, we urge you to contact civilian attorney Richard Stevens — a Fort Carson military defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens by calling (888) 399-0693, emailing at , or visiting our webpage to schedule a consultation as soon as possible. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we start fighting for you.

What a Fort Carson Military Defense Lawyer Can Help You With

State and military criminal laws are also very different from a procedural standpoint. State law violations usually fit neatly into misdemeanor and felony categories which, for the most part, are identical except for the range of punishment. UCMJ violations, however, could involve a number of legal procedures, such as:

  • Alleged violations of the punitive Articles of the UCMJ
  • Administrative discharges (separations)
  • Courts-martial (summary court-martial, special court-martial, general court-martial)
  • Article 32 hearings
  • Article 15 actions (nonjudicial punishment, NJP)
  • Reprimands or admonitions
  • Military investigations (AR 15-6, CDI, CID, NCIS, OSI, CGIS, MEO, IG, etc.)
  • Military academy discipline.

A Fort Carson military defense lawyer guides military defendants through this complex process, so they can make better choices for themselves and their families.

Some things are different, and other things are the same. All criminal defendants, civilian and military, have important constitutional rights. However, these rights are only ink on paper unless a Fort Carson military defense lawyer enforces them in court. Enforcement of constitutional rights is a process. First, your lawyer must identify what provisions are at stake. Second, your attorney must fight for these rights in court, because prosecutors are anxious to trample them at every opportunity.

Why Hire a Civilian Defense Attorney for a Military Case?

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 the attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens is that we have years and years of military law experience beyond that of your appointed military defense counsel. When hired, we then become considerable “value-added” for your defense team, and our experience can benefit all phases of your military case – advising you, spotting legal issues, filing rebuttals and motions, engaging in disciplinary or pretrial negotiations, communicating with JAGs representing the commanders or investigators, dealing with the media, preparing case strategy, and performing in hearings and trial (including arguments, witness questioning, utilizing experts).

When considering hiring a civilian defense lawyer for a military case, we believe it is extremely important for that civilian attorney to have extensive experience with the military justice system.  The military justice system is governed by their own laws, regulations, and procedural rules. Those laws and rules are constantly changing. The military also has a culture that is unique and, in many ways, very different from that of civilian society.  These legal and cultural differences factor heavily into all aspects of defense strategy.  The attorneys in our law firm served in the military and only handle military cases – and we have done so for decades.  As such, we have this crucial military justice experience.

Different Types of Military Courts-Martial

The military has three types of courts-martial: general court-martial, special court-martial, and summary court-martial.

A summary court-martial, which resembles an administrative hearing, is a rarely used mechanism that’s usually available in moderately severe cases.  If you are convicted in a summary court-martial, that is not considered a federal criminal conviction, because you don’t have the same rights in a summary court-martial that you have in the other two types of court-martial.

Special courts-martial (SPCM) and general courts-martial (GCM) in the military are federal criminal trials.  If you are convicted in a SPCM or GCM, you would receive a federal criminal conviction.  The military does not label convictions as “felonies” or “misdemeanors.”  However, a general court-martial conviction is similar to a felony conviction, and a special court-martial conviction is similar to a misdemeanor conviction.

Article 15 or Nonjudicial Punishment

One of the most common types of administrative military disciplinary actions is an Article 15.  Depending on your service branch, an Article 15 might be called “Nonjudicial Punishment,” “N.J.P.,” “Office Hours,” or “Captain’s Mast.”  An Article 15 hearing is an administrative hearing under UCMJ Article 15.  It is not a criminal trial.  It cannot result in a federal conviction.  Article 15 punishments do not include prison time.  Despite this, Article 15s are serious military disciplinary actions.

Being found guilty under Article 15 could cause you to lose rank, lose promotions, be removed from your duty position, get less desirable future assignments, receive a negative performance report, receive a reduced military retirement grade, and/or even lead to an administrative discharge (separation) from the military.

Contact a Fort Carson Military Defense Lawyer Today

If you are stationed at Fort Carson and you face a military investigation, military disciplinary action, administrative discharge (separation), adverse administrative hearing, or court-martial because of allegations against you in the military justice system, you need an experienced defense attorney on your side. These military adverse actions could have significant negative impacts for your career and life.  Your decision about who will represent you is extremely important.

Contact a civilian defense attorney serving as a military defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens today by calling (888) 399-0693, emailing us at , or contacting us through our website to set up an initial consultation.

Attorney Richard Stevens

Mr. Stevens has been handling military cases since 1995. He has defended military cases dealing with the most serious military offenses, including allegations of “war crimes,” national security cases, murder, manslaughter, homicide, rape, sexual assault, other sex related offenses, drug offenses, computer crimes (pornography), larceny, fraud, AWOL/desertion, conduct unbecoming, military academy offenses, offenses within combat zones, senior officer cases and other military specific offenses around the world. [ Attorney Bio ]

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