Command Investigations [AR 15-6, C.D.I.]


Civilian defense attorneys Richard V. Stevens and Frank J. Spinner are 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.

Military discipline, including courts-martial, can be preceded by investigations conducted by military “law enforcement” investigators, such as:

  • NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (Navy and Marine Corps)
  • USMC CID: U.S. Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division (Marine Corps)
  • CID: U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (Army)
  • OSI: Air Force Office of Special Investigations (Air Force)
  • CGIS: Coast Guard Investigative Service (Coast Guard)

Military investigations resulting in discipline or court-martial can also begin, however, with other types of military investigations, such as Command Directed investigations. These investigations include:

  • Army AR 15-6 Investigations
  • Air Force CDI (Command Directed Investigations)
  • Navy Command Investigations (“JAGMAN Investigations”)
  • Marine Corps Command Directed Investigations

Attorney Richard V. Stevens represents and defends military members facing military investigations of all types, including command directed investigations. Particularly given the military adverse and disciplinary actions available to commanders after a military investigation has concluded – including Article 15, administrative discharge or separation, and court-martial trial – these investigations can be extremely serious and have a significant impact on the military member’s career (promotion and assignments) and future. Because of this, having an experienced and aggressive defense attorney on your side is absolutely vital in these military cases.

Mr. Stevens is a civilian criminal defense attorney and former military JAG lawyer who exclusively practices military law and defends military members stationed around the world who are facing military trials, disciplinary actions, appeals, adverse actions, board hearings, and investigations.

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