Article 15, NonJudicial Punishment [N.J.P.], Captain’s Mast, Office Hours

Civilian defense attorneys Richard V. Stevens is best known for military court-martial trial defense and court-martial appellate practice successes.

This includes high profile/media involved military justice cases, and other serious military criminal cases that have resulted in dropped charges/cases and acquittals (not guilty of all charges and specifications). While general court-martial (and sometimes special court-martial or summary court-martial) successes may result in more public recognition, there are many other military adverse actions that these military defense attorneys handle, that can have a dramatic impact on a military member’s career, future, and family.

Article 15s are known by different terms in different service branches. This includes “Article 15,” “NonJudicial Punishment,” “N.J.P.,” “Captain’s Mast,” or “Office Hours.” This type of administrative adverse action is governed by UCMJ Article 15 and service specific regulations (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard). As the name implies, an Article 15 is not a criminal trial and Article 15 punishments do not include jail time. Being found guilty after an Article 15 presentation does not result in a criminal record.

An Article 15 is, however, an administrative disciplinary action that can have a significant impact on a military member’s career (current rank, promotion, and assignments) – and could even lead to administrative discharge/separation in this time of military drawdowns. Because of this, having an experienced and aggressive defense attorney on your side is absolutely vital in these military cases.

Our attorneys defend military members facing Article 15s, which includes personal presentation, written presentation, and Article 15 appeals. They are civilian criminal defense attorneys and former military JAG lawyers who exclusively practice military law and defend military members stationed around the world who are facing military trials, disciplinary actions, appeals, adverse actions, board hearings, and investigations. If you’re facing a military Article 15, don’t hesitate to seek the legal help you’re going to need.

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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