Senior Field Grade Military Officer Retains Command

Recently, a senior field grade military officer defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens had their disciplinary action downgraded and command retained.

Because this was an administrative disciplinary case, there are Privacy Act issues and regulations that preclude the reporting of specific details. However, what can be generally described is…

The military officer client was investigated for alleged wrongdoing and received an administrative disciplinary action that could have, ultimately, ended the client’s command and military career. Through the course of the processing of the investigation and disciplinary action, the defense submitted multiple rebuttals. Ultimately, the administrative disciplinary action was downgraded to a “desk drawer” action. The client remained in command and served out the tour. Because of the extent the administrative action was downgraded, there was no associated negative impact on the client’s performance report or career progression.

While this military case was successfully defended, it is important to understand that every case has different facts, and success in previous cases does not guarantee success in any particular future case. No military lawyer or civilian defense lawyer, including those who specialize in military law, can guarantee the outcome of any military trial or case.

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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 ]