Court and Carpenter
Court and Carpenter

U.S. Navy Court-Martial Results

Navy, ENS, NAS Pensacola, client pled guilty to some "CP" specifications before the military judge. After presentencing, the Pariss Island, South Carolina Marine Judge sentenced the client, in part, to serve 27 years in confinement. Significantly, however, the Defense previously negotiated a "Pretrial Agreement" which explicitely restricted any period of confinement to 3 years. In fact, client is eligible for DoD parole in 1 year. In sum, Defense helped client avoid an additional 24 year sentence in federal confinement. This nearly historic succcess was feasible on account of a highly indepth, persuasive and dispositive Defense motion to suppress.


Navy Second Class Petty Officer, E5, accused of verbal sexual harassment involving subordinate female Sailor. Administrative separation board finds insufficient evidence to constitute this offense. MA2 did not testify. Defense focused on poor supervisory leadership. MA2 retained in U.S. Navy by unanimous board vote.

Navy First Class Petty Officer, E6, accused "popped hot" on drug test for oxycodone. Client has legal presciption from year prior. Defense focused on systemic and deplorable failings of U.S. Navy phramacutical guidance. Client did not testify. Separation board unanimously retains PS1 in Naval service.

Navy Officer (LDO), O2, faced separation for adultery with spouse ofsubordinate Sailor. Defense focused on remorse and the likehood of continued positive service. Client showed clear motivation to rehabiltate his marraige and service to country. Board votes 3-0 to retain Officer.


Navy Officer, O-2, was passed over for promotion on account of an incident involving alleged domestic violence that was later substantiated by FAP. Defense focused on the exceptionally biased FAP findings and a solid career path since the alleged event. SecNav approves Defense’s remedial request, and the Officer is rightfully promoted.


Navy Petty Officer, Third Class, E-4, charged with rape and forcible sodomy. Article 32, UCMJ investigator recommends the case be dismissed. Even so, the General Court-martial Convening Authority, a Vice Admiral, convenes court-martial. Client does not testify. Military judge "fully acquits client of all criminal charges and specifications."


Navy Chief Petty Officer, E-7, investigated by NCIS for sexual assault. Firm hired during investigation phase to protect accused and negotiate with prosecutors. U.S. Navy prosecutors do not file court-martial charges. Case dismissed.


Navy Chief Petty Officer, E-7, prosecuted for the use of methamphetamine and pandering prostitution sent to brig for 45 days by military jury, but allowed to keep his anchors. Retained in military service by jury. Overcame "zero tolerance" arguments by Government prosecutor.


Navy Petty Officer, Third Class, E-4, charged with three crimes of false official statement and one allegation of larceny based upon the alleged stealing of over $50,000 of BAH. Military judge finds Sailor “Not Guilty” of the three false official statement crimes, and guilty, by exceptions and 17 substitutions, of withholding approximately $13,000 of BAH. Sailor faced 25-years in confinement and dishonorable discharge, but is sentenced, based on the court's verdict, to serve 25-days in confinement. Sailor is retained in the Navy. He remains eligible for an Honorable Discharge after the completing his term of service. Sailor may also likely be promoted as commander recommends nonrevocation of security clearance.


Navy Officer, 0-3, officially investigated for travel voucher fraud. His retirement application was suspended. Demonstrated Government's case was baseless. Navy Officer is “cleared” of any and all wrongdoing and has since retired with full honors and benefits.


Navy Sailor, E-2, stationed aboard a nuclear submarine took pain medication without a prescription. Persuaded the Chain of Command and Government Lawyer to not apply "zero tolerance" principle. Government joined in requesting the Sailor not be discharged. “Separation Board recommends Sailor’s retention.” Naval Personnel Command (NPC) Millington similarly “retains” Sailor.


Navy Officer, O-2, investigated for adultery. Client voluntarily submits persuasive resignation packet, which is approved by NPC with an "Honorable Discharge."


Navy Officer, O-2. subjected to offensive and unfair ridicule by her commanding officer, who takes it out on her by issuing a poor fitness report. Client decides to fight the report, and lawyer engages with the command's lawyers, who encourage commander to revise the report. Rater concedes his errors and miraculously deletes unfavorable language from client’s fitness report.


Disclaimer: Each case is different, thus prior results and successes should not create an expectation about results in any individual case. The above list is provided for illustration purposes only, and represents only some of the cases previously handled by said attorney.


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