Redstone Arsenal Military Defense Lawyer
As a member of the armed forces, you already know that accusations of code of conduct violations can bring dire consequences. You could face:
If you are stationed at Redstone Arsenal and are convicted in a court-martial trial, you could face prison time, a punitive discharge, loss of rank, or other consequences such as loss of retirement and benefits, reimbursement, or recoupment for unserved commitments. You might also face additional federal charges and sex offender registration, depending upon the specifics of the charges against you.
If you are facing military charges such as these, you need to have the right attorney in your corner. Attorney Richard V. Stevens has been handling military cases for both active and inactive military personnel since 1995. During this time, he has handled cases involving allegations of national security breaches, war crimes, rape, sexual assault, fraternization, other sex-related offenses, murder, manslaughter, computer crimes and pornography, fraud and larceny, drug offenses, desertion cases, and more.
Military cases such as these differ from civil criminal and civil trials in several different ways. Military justice often requires expert consultants and witnesses, media strategies, and experience with such serious cases.
Therefore, if you are stationed at Redstone Arsenal and are facing potential military charges, it is a good idea to find an attorney with specific experience and knowledge in military law. Mr. Stevens has this experience, having exclusively represented service men and women stationed across the world. In particular, Mr. Stevens has represented numerous cases involving military personnel stationed at Redstone Arsenal.
If you are facing potential military discipline, or a court-martial, at Redstone Armory, contact civilian attorney Richard Stevens – a Redstone Arsenal military defense lawyer.
What a Redstone Arsenal Military Defense Lawyer Can Help You With
The civilian defense lawyers who serve as Redstone Arsenal military defense lawyers for the Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens have all previously served as Judge Advocates (JAGs) in the military and are dedicated to representing current and former servicemembers who might need military defense counsel. Some of the types of military adverse actions we handle include, but are not limited to:
- 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 (non-judicial punishment, NJP)
- Reprimands, admonitions, and counseling
- Military investigations (AR 15-6, CDI, CID, NCIS, OSI, CGIS, MEO, IG, etc.)
- Military academy discipline
- And more.
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 can become considerable “value-added” for your defense team. Our experience can benefit all phases of your military case, from advising you, spotting legal issues, filing rebuttals and motions, engaging in disciplinary or pre-trial negotiations, communicating with JAGs representing the command, investigators, or commanders, 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 its laws, regulations, and procedural rules. Those laws and rules are constantly changing. The military also has a unique culture and, in many ways, is quite different from civilian society.
These legal and cultural differences factor heavily into all aspects of defense strategy. The attorneys at our law firm have served in the military and only handle military cases — and we have done so for decades. As such, we have crucial military justice experience.
Different Types of Military Courts-Martial
The military has three types of court-martial: General court-martial, special court-martial, and summary court-martial.
A summary court-martial is the least used and is more like an administrative hearing with increased punishment options. If you are convicted in a summary court-martial, it is not considered a federal criminal conviction because you do not have the same rights in a summary court-martial that you have in the other two types of court-martial.
Special court-martial (SPCM) or general court-martial (GCM) in the military are federal criminal trials. If you are convicted in an 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 like a felony conviction, and a special court-martial conviction is like a misdemeanor conviction.
Article 15 or Non-Judicial 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 “Non-judicial 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 Redstone Arsenal Military Defense Lawyer Today
In many respects, the military justice system can create more difficult consequences for American servicemembers than the civilian justice system. If you are stationed at Redstone Arsenal and are facing potential administrative discharge, disciplinary hearings, or a court-martial in the military justice system, having an experienced military attorney can be a lifesaver.
Do not let disciplinary actions or a court martial ruin your life and your military career. Contact a civilian defense attorney serving as a Redstone Arsenal military defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens today by calling (888) 399-0693, emailing us at , or by contacting us through our website to set up an initial consultation.