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Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs CO 80918
(703) 798-3064

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Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.


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RICHARD V. STEVENS, Esq.
LAW OFFICES OF RICHARD V. STEVENS, P.C.
Direct Phone: (703) 798-3064
Direct Fax: (703) 997-1367
Direct E-Mail:
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Law Firm Web:
http://www.militaryadvocate.com/
Law Firm Blog:
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ATTORNEY RICHARD V. STEVENS

Attorney Richard V. Stevens has extensive experience in complex, serious military (and civilian) trials, and all types of adverse military administrative actions, discipline and investigations. He has served as an active duty base military defense counsel, active duty regional military defense counsel, civilian state and federal trial attorney and civilian criminal defense and military defense attorney.

Mr. Stevens has been involved in cases dealing with the most serious military offenses, including allegations of "war crimes", murder, manslaughter, homicide, rape, sexual assaults, other sex related offenses, drug offenses, computer crimes, conduct unbecoming, military academy offenses, offenses within combat zones, senior officer cases and other military specific offenses around the world.

Many of the cases defended by Mr. Stevens have involved the use of expert witnesses and consultants and many have received local, regional and national press coverage, requiring experience in dealing with the press and how this can impact a client's defense.

While serving as an active duty defense attorney in the military, attorney Richard V. Stevens became a military defense legal expert in the area of attacking client confessions, false confessions, and police interrogation methods. Since that time, he has given countless presentations on this issue to military defense attorneys around the world. In addition to cases he has defended, Mr. Stevens has acted as a trial preparation consultant for defense attorneys – military and civilian – in several high profile trials, including several murder cases. Many of these cases have had successful outcomes not expected by the prosecution.

Mr. Stevens continues to be an invited speaker on military trial defense issues at military defense counsel conferences, which he has lectured and instructed at since 1997. Presentation topics have included defending high profile/media cases, defending complex trials, working with experts, military interrogation tactics and false confessions, preparing trial strategy and case file, defending against military sex offense allegations and working with civilian defense counsel.

Click here to review attorney Richard V. Stevens' resume.

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ATTORNEY FRANK J. SPINNER

Since the early 1990s, attorney Frank J. Spinner has perhaps been the most widely recognized name in the legal specialization of defending military members. Some of the most highly publicized cases in military justice have been defended by Mr. Spinner. Beyond his renowned trial record, Mr. Spinner is also recognized as a leading appellate attorney before all military appeals courts, to include the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (C.A.A.F.).

Mr. Spinner retired from the United States Air Force having served in military defense positions such as Chief Circuit Defense Counsel (the chief military defense attorney over all military defense attorneys in the geographic region) and two tours with the Appellate Defense Division, one tour as Chief Appellate Defense Counsel.

Since he established his civilian legal practice in military defense, Mr. Spinner has made multiple guest appearances on 60 Minutes (interview by Mike Wallace), 20/20, Dateline, Nightline, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, CNN Crossfire, Oprah, Larry King Live and NPR. His work was featured on the History Channel in a program entitled "Real JAGs." Many of his cases have received front page coverage in national news periodicals, including the cover of Time Magazine and features in the New Yorker magazine.

Please Call: 703-798-3064

ATTORNEYS

ATTORNEY RICHARD V. STEVENS

Attorney Richard V. Stevens has extensive experience in complex, serious military (and civilian) trials, and all types of adverse military administrative actions, discipline and investigations. He has served as an active duty base military defense counsel, active duty regional military defense counsel, civilian state and federal trial attorney and civilian criminal defense and military defense attorney.

Mr. Stevens has been involved in cases dealing with the most serious military offenses, including allegations of "war crimes", murder, manslaughter, homicide, rape, sexual assaults, other sex related offenses, drug offenses, computer crimes, conduct unbecoming, military academy offenses, offenses within combat zones, senior officer cases and other military specific offenses around the world.

Many of the cases defended by Mr. Stevens have involved the use of expert witnesses and consultants and many have received local, regional and national press coverage, requiring experience in dealing with the press and how this can impact a client's defense.

While serving as an active duty defense attorney in the military, attorney Richard V. Stevens became a military defense legal expert in the area of attacking client confessions, false confessions, and police interrogation methods. Since that time, he has given countless presentations on this issue to military defense attorneys around the world. In addition to cases he has defended, Mr. Stevens has acted as a trial preparation consultant for defense attorneys – military and civilian – in several high profile trials, including several murder cases. Many of these cases have had successful outcomes not expected by the prosecution.

Mr. Stevens continues to be an invited speaker on military trial defense issues at military defense counsel conferences, which he has lectured and instructed at since 1997. Presentation topics have included defending high profile/media cases, defending complex trials, working with experts, military interrogation tactics and false confessions, preparing trial strategy and case file, defending against military sex offense allegations and working with civilian defense counsel.

Click here to review attorney Richard V. Stevens' resume.

ATTORNEY FRANK J. SPINNER

Since the early 1990s, attorney Frank J. Spinner has perhaps been the most widely recognized name in the legal specialization of defending military members. Some of the most highly publicized cases in military justice have been defended by Mr. Spinner. Beyond his renowned trial record, Mr. Spinner is also recognized as a leading appellate attorney before all military appeals courts, to include the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (C.A.A.F.).

Mr. Spinner retired from the United States Air Force having served in military defense positions such as Chief Circuit Defense Counsel (the chief military defense attorney over all military defense attorneys in the geographic region) and two tours with the Appellate Defense Division, one tour as Chief Appellate Defense Counsel.

Since he established his civilian legal practice in military defense, Mr. Spinner has made multiple guest appearances on 60 Minutes (interview by Mike Wallace), 20/20, Dateline, Nightline, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, CNN Crossfire, Oprah, Larry King Live and NPR. His work was featured on the History Channel in a program entitled "Real JAGs." Many of his cases have received front page coverage in national news periodicals, including the cover of Time Magazine and features in the New Yorker magazine.

Click here to review attorney Frank J. Spinner's resume.

ABOUT US

Attorneys Richard V. Stevens and Frank J. Spinner are former active duty military JAG attorneys. They established their respective military defense law offices because, as former active duty military officers, they care deeply about protecting and defending the rights of military members and their families, and ensuring that they are treated with fairness and respect.

Mr. Stevens and Mr. Spinner have the extensive military law, criminal defense and trial experience necessary to fight for you (see "Attorneys" and "Notable Cases" tabs). They have fought for military members of all ranks, in all service branches, stationed around the world who have faced adverse actions ranging from administrative discipline and board hearings through courts-martial alleging the most serious offenses, such as murder, manslaughter, homicide, rape, sexual assault, consensual sex offenses, drug offenses, computer crimes, conduct unbecoming, military academy offenses, offenses within combat zones ("war crimes"), senior officer cases and all types of the most serious criminal charges and military offenses.

Attorneys Richard V. Stevens and Frank J. Spinner pledge to provide proven trial skills, extensive knowledge of the military and military law, experienced representation, aggressive defense and straightforward advice to members of all military branches stationed around the world.

PRACTICE AREAS

Attorneys Richard V. Stevens and Frank J. Spinner represent members of all military services, stationed around the world, in courts-martial and all types of military adverse actions, discipline and investigations. These practice areas include:

  • Courts-martial
  • Post-trial clemency
  • Post-trial appeals before the military branch appellate courts and Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (C.A.A.F.)
  • Administrative discharges or separations
  • Medical/physical evaluation boards (MEB/PEB)
  • Medical de-credentialing actions
  • Flying evaluation boards (FEB) and accident investigation boards (AIB)
  • Non-judicial punishment (NJP, Article 15, Captain's Mast), reprimand (LOR), admonition (LOA), unfavorable information file (UIF)
  • Reenlistment issues
  • Promotion denials and performance report appeals
  • Security clearance issues
  • IG complaints
  • Correction of Military records (BCMR)

 

FAQs

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Do you represent/defend military members in all service branches?

A: Yes. We have represented members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard stationed around the world.

Q: Do you represent/defend military members regardless of where they are stationed?

A: Yes. We have represented military members stationed around the globe and will travel to any base inside or outside the continental United States. We have represented/defended military members in foreign countries, remote locations, and areas where combat operations were taking place.

Q: Do you work with my assigned and/or requested military defense attorney(s)?

A: Yes. We will work with your assigned/requested military defense attorney as your "defense team." As the civilian counsel, we will act as your lead defense lawyer, and your military lawyer(s) will assist.

Q: Do you have experience with senior enlisted and senior officer cases?

A: Yes. We have worked on numerous senior enlisted and senior officer cases. We have represented military members with ranks ranging from E-1 through 0-7.

Q: Do you have experience dealing with media coverage of cases?

A: Yes. Because we often handle cases involving the most serious accusations, including murder, sexual offenses, combat related offenses ("war crimes") and senior officer cases, many of these cases have been covered by local, regional and national media. It is crucial not just to react to the media interest, but to have a thorough and strategic media plan. If course, we don't seek media attention for our cases and will honor our clients' wishes in this regard.

Q: Do you have experience handling complex trials involving numerous witnesses and experts?

A: Yes. We have handled countless cases, both military and civilian, that involved numerous different witnesses, issues and experts. For example, we have had potential witness lists that identify 100 or more possible witnesses. We have also defended cases in which many different experts were involved in the same case. Some of these trials have lasted for weeks at a time. Cases such as these require experience in large-scale trial strategy, effective use of experts and complete knowledge of all issues, evidence and information available in the case.

Q: With your busy trial schedule, do you still represent military members facing administrative actions?

A: Yes. As long as our trial schedules will permit, we will handle administrative actions to include discharges, various board hearings, security clearance issues, MEB/PEB, FEB, AIB, medical de-credentialing boards, promotion denial or performance report appeals, corrections of military records (BCMR) and even military investigations (command or IG) and low-level military punishments.

*Your decision about who will represent you is extremely important. Call or write and ask your own questions to make your best, informed decision. Initial client consults are provided free of charge.


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