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Stephen Carpenter’s Legal Cases

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  • SPC, (E-4), U.S. Army

    Practice Area:
    Military Law
    Date:
    Jun 18, 2012
    Outcome:
    Retained in service. No Article 15. Rehab transfer to different Battery in Schweinfurt Germany.
    Description:
    Faced Article 15, UCMJ, and administrative separation. Drafted memorandum mitigating offense, to include a Article 138, UCMJ, complaint. Soldier retained without NJP.
  • CDR, (0-5), NOAA

    Practice Area:
    Military Law
    Date:
    Jun 20, 2012
    Outcome:
    Officer Separation Board dismissed
    Description:
    CDR faced involuntary separation action after command initiated a "show cause board" reference certain fiscal issues. CLF negotiated fair and equitable settlement which even provides opportunity for his promotion after a specific period of time.
  • 1SG, (E-8), U.S. Army

    Practice Area:
    Military Law
    Date:
    Jul 19, 2012
    Outcome:
    Court-martial charges dismissed
    Description:
    Soldier charged with fraternization, maltreatment and conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline associated with sexual acts with a subordinate. Soldier faced 1-year in jail, 2/3 forfeitures of pay for 12 months and a punitive discharge. Case disposed of by Article 15, no reduction in rank, retires with full benefits.
  • SPC, (E-4), U.S. Army

    Practice Area:
    Military Law
    Date:
    Jul 04, 2012
    Outcome:
    Article 15 dismissed, separation action rescinded. Retained in service.
    Description:
    Ranger faced Article 15 related to his alleged use of a controlled substance (percocet). Turns down Article 15 and demands trial by court-martial. Command initiates separation without Article 15, and "approves" General Discharge for Drug Abuse. Carpenter Law Firm seeks reconsideration of unjust discharge.
  • Petty Officer, U.S. Navy

    Practice Area:
    Military Law
    Date:
    Oct 24, 2012
    Outcome:
    Retained in service. Found "Not Guilty" by military judge of 3 of 4 fraud related charges. Reduced one rate and 24 days confinement. Sailor required to pay back $14,000, and not, as requested by military prosecutors, $53,000.
    Description:
    Sailor charged with stealing $53,000 of BAH and for making three associated false official statements. Member faced maximum sentence of 25-years of confinement and dishonorable discharge.
  • CPT, (0-3), U.S. Army

    Practice Area:
    Military Law
    Date:
    Oct 18, 2012
    Outcome:
    Reprimand "locally" filed, separation action avoided.
    Description:
    Officer faced field grade level retaliation for alleged computer comsec violations. Major General serves Officer Letter of Reprimand. Carpenter Law Firm submits written rebuttal to reprimand and files IG Complaint on behalf of Officer alleging whistleblower retaliation.
  • MSG, (E-7), AGR

    Practice Area:
    Military Law
    Date:
    Oct 19, 2012
    Outcome:
    Separation action dismissed. Retained in AGR Status. Reprimand "locally" filed. Reduced 1-stripe by TAG at Article 15. Negotiate "rehabilitation transfer" to another unit for fresh start.
    Description:
    Senior NCO investigated for allegedly committing acts of fraternization (and other misconduct) related to two junior enlisted Soldiers. NCO was formally advised that his AGR status would be likely revoked.
  • SrA, (E-4), U.S. Air Force

    Practice Area:
    Military Law
    Date:
    Nov 14, 2012
    Outcome:
    Board members find Airman did "not" engage in maintenance malpractice alleged by Article 15s, and retains him in service. Board specifically finds "no misconduct" related to 2/3 allegations. Client will retire with full benefits.
    Description:
    Airman with over 17-years in total service faced separation after two Article 15s and several other instances of maintenance malpractice addressed by letters of reprimand. Squadron Commander finds him "guilty" at prior Article 15 proceeding(s), and Airman was reduced in rank - twice. Command group then initiates separation with a General Discharge and no P&R opportunity. Airman hires Capenter Law Firm to fight the baseless allegations.
  • SSG, (E-6), U.S. Army

    Practice Area:
    Military Law
    Date:
    Nov 20, 2012
    Outcome:
    Court-martial charges dismissed
    Description:
    Staff Sergeant charged with rape, sexual assault, making threats and fraternization. Faced maximum possible sentence of life in prison, dishonorable discharge, reduction to private, and sex offender registration. Case pending trial by General Court-martial despite fact that investigating officer, after the Article 32 hearing, held that the case should be dismissed. Defense was able to further demonstrate that alleged victim was untruthful.
  • SPC, (E-4), U.S. Army

    Practice Area:
    Military Law
    Date:
    Dec 10, 2012
    Outcome:
    Sentenced to serve 12 months, and 2 weeks after good time deduction and pre-trial punishment reduction. Bad conduct discharge, reduction to E-1, and $2500 fine.
    Description:
    Charged with making a false insurance claim and 10 separate incidents of on post larceny. Soldier faced maximum sentence of 50-years in prison. Military Judge suppresses client's confession. Client enters into pre-trial agreement. Government dismisses all but 4 charges. Court awards 23 days pre-trial credit based, in part, upon pre-trial punishment inflicted by command. During his sentencing argument prosecutor had vehemently requested judge impose 3-year sentence of confinement.