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  • O-3 USN

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    Posted by a client

    Mr. Carpenter successfully defended me at my Board of Inquiry (BOI) and I was retained for future service. I can't explain in words what that meant for my Family and I. I was up against the wall for what was considered a semi fraternization case of adultery.

    I decided to call Mr. Carpenter when my assigned Military Attorney's told me I basically had no shot at retention after 19 years of service. After 19 years of service I was about to be told to go home with nothing. When I called him he gave me hope from the very first phone call. He didn't guarantee me a successful outcome but to finally talk to a competent attorney was relief enough. The hard work and dedication he gave me from day one was second to none and to see him in action at my BOI was eye watering!

    Stephen is a brilliant communicator not just in court but also with my family from the start. If I could recommend him to every single person seeking an attorney I would do just that. He is worth every penny and looking back I would've paid double his asking price… He's that good!

    My Family and I would have had nothing without Mr. Carpenter's defense and now we get to move forward with our lives and my Military career thanks to him.

    Thank you Steve! Friends for Life!

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    Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR’s response: “It was my great privilege. I look forward to learning how to fly fish!”
  • Outstanding

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    Posted by a client

    Very direct and bold in his representation on my behalf. Savvy, persistent, and unwilling to allow my leadership to screw me over. Mr Carpenter handled an assault case that resulted in retaliation, reprisal, and alienation by my entire chain of command after I reported inappropriate touching of my body by a superior officer. The officer was ultimately removed from command and the retaliation stopped.

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    Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR’s response: “MAJ: The extent the U.S. Army is sometimes willing to go is candidly confounding. I am glad we were able to ultimately back them off.”
  • Administration Separation Board, Positive Urinalysis, Petty Officer First Class

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    Posted by Rob

    In March of 2016 I was notified of my medical retirement. Within days of that I was informed that I had shown positive on a command urinalysis for Oxycodone. The investigator informed me that I had an expired prescription. I was then informed of the next steps, which were XOI, Captains Mast, and ASB. I immediately did my reach on the best military attorneys. Every website and phone call I made indicated that Stephen Carpenter is the best there is. Stephen is a professional in every sense of the word. He knows his way around the courtroom and know's how to exemplify the facts. He was able to find facts the command didn't think to look into and also emphasize my medical conditons. Through his hard work and diligence, my board was a no cause found for separation, unanimously. My family and I cant thank him enough for what he has done. My name has been vindicated and I can walk around with the pride I worked so hard to achieve.

    Also his intern Jason Greene is phenomenal. That young man is going to make for an amazing attorney one day.

    Thank you Stephen.

    -Rob

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    Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR’s response: “This was a classic case of the Government not learning all the facts until the board. I am happy we were able to get the right result because we were simply better prepared.”
  • A great decision

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    Posted by Benjamin Lee Spence

    I retained Mr. Carpenter to represent me at an Administrative proceeding by the U.S. Navy, the potential for an adverse outcome for me was looming and due to the complex nature of my case I knew I needed a professional. Steve and his team are true professionals, they worked tirelessly preparing my case, contacting witnesses, and keeping me up to speed throughout the process. Despite the uphill battle Steve proved my case which resulted in a unanimous vote in my favor, I had great reservations with my case and truly believed we would not prevail. I have never been so satisfied with any decision as I am with retaining Court and Carpenter. I will always give my highest recommendation to anyone looking for Military legal representation and will forever be thankful to all the staff at Court and Carpenter!

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    Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR’s response: “My pleasure. Your case was a delight to defend. I particularly covet military defense cases in which literally nobody sees any chance of winning. Jason and I could not be more thrilled for you.”
  • coudn't have had a better outcome

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    Posted by a client

    From the start Stephen and his team were extremely helpful. I went from facing some very serious charges to complete dismissal and I attribute the majority of that outcome to his advice and actions from start to finish. A fantastic UCMJ attorney that always had my best interest in mind.

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    Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR’s response: “We are always gratified to get the government to dismiss court-martial charges without any other adverse actions. It does not get any better than that, for us all.”
  • Do whatever it takes!

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    Posted by a client

    Stephen Carpenter was recommended to me by the Executive Officer of large military installation located in Washington State. When I confided that I could not afford Mr. Carpenter’s services, the Executive Officer looked me directly in the eyes and stated, “I have seen him work. Trust me, you cannot afford not to hire him. Do whatever it takes!” It was the best advice I ever followed. Before a contract was even signed Stephen agreed to represent me and within an hour, he had notified the prosecution. Stephen is very good at what he does and his reputation precedes him. Trust me when I say, the prosecution took notice.

    From the outset of our time together, I was treated with the utmost dignity and respect despite the derogatory circumstances of my case. Stephen assured me that he would work tirelessly to achieve the best possible result for both me and my family. Stephen and his staff never once lost sight of the fact that my family was going through all of this right alongside me. Facing courts-martial, three felony convictions, and 21-years confinement as a maximum punishment, Stephen and his team went to work. In as few as four months, Stephen orchestrated the legal processes that changed my life.

    I will let the results speak for themselves. Stephen convinced the prosecution to change the charges to less egregious offenses. That in turn, opened the door for Article 15 proceedings in lieu of courts-martial. Lastly and perhaps most impressively, Stephen helped secured my retirement with an honorable characterization of service. Clearly, Stephen delivered on his promise to achieve the best result. And I am confident that in doing so, he saved both my marriage and the long-term security of my family in the process.

    In the end, I lost one rank and was forced out of the service I love, but if you’d have asked at the beginning if I would have traded a stripe for my marriage, for my kids’ college educations, and for a future in the civilian workforce—I would not have balked. As a result of what he accomplished, the money will be quickly recouped in retirement pay. No truer words have ever been spoken, “You cannot afford not to hire him.”

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    Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR’s response: “Your defense was all about the family, and your fantastic career. We are frankly humbled to have such high level trust within your organization.”
  • GOMAR rebuttal

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    Posted by a client

    After a CID investigation I was served with a GOMOR accusing me of fraud, larceny and fraternization. The accusation was that I had corrupted a lower ranking Soldier by conspiring for him to receive a higher BAH amount during deployment by using my address. The entire accusation was false. The E4 was going to rent my house from my family, signed a lease but his family never moved in. The CID investigation and ESC wanted to blame me for the E4 submitting the lease and attempting to get a higher BAH than the area where his family lived. Mr. Carpenter advised me prior to the CID interview so I knew exactly what to expect. He also drafted an extensive 7 page response to the GOMOR. His rebuttal showed 4-5 different regulations supporting that I had the authority to rent a property to the E4 if I chose to. Once the ESC received his response they rescinded the GOMOR and the case was closed. I am confident that the advisement I received prior to the CID interview coupled with Mr. Carpenter's fine knowledge of regulation and ability to articulate that understanding into responses are the reasons the case was dismissed entirely.

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    Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR’s response: “GOMOR rebuttals require a great deal of thought, research and political will power. Your case was no different, and we are gratified it was torn-up!”
  • Tireless

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    Posted by a client

    Mr. Carpenter was there when I needed him. He took the time to understand my case and put me at ease with his honesty and familiarity with military justice. He never stopped trying to get the best result possible for me and worked to advocate on my behalf at every opportunity. Without his support, I would have felt lost and helpless. Instead I felt confident that the outcome would be favorable and it was.
    No doubt I would recommend Stephen Carpenter to any military member in need of a attorney. You will not be disappointed.

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    Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR’s response: “Thank you. We do work hard because you also have given many years of your life working hard for our nation. It is that simple. We need little motivation to help servicemembers. I am exceedingly gratified your case was dropped.”
  • Fully acquittal- Sexual Assault

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    Posted by Devonte

    Currently stationed in JBLM, I was really in a dark place for over a year. I was lied on by CID saying I confessed to a crime that I never committed. After about 15 hours of investigation I knew that I would have needed a powerhouse attorney. Mr. Carpenter instantly took my case and stayed in contact any chance he could. He takes over a court room with his presence, and never gives prosecution a chance to build momentum. He saved my life.

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    Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR’s response: “Your welcome!”
  • Best Lawyer Ever

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    Posted by a client

    Mr. Carpenter really helped me during my time of need. He always answered all of my questions no matter how ridiculous they may have been or how busy he was. This was by far the most important investment I have EVER made! If you are in need of a lawyer I would definitely recommed Mr. Carpenter. He really helped me put my mind at ease and provided much needed piece of mind. Even after everything was all done he still helped me tie up any and all loose ends.

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    Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR’s response: “Not sure about the "best lawyer ever" claim, but we like to think we know what we are doing and that our avvo record of achievement seems to support that fact. I am glad we could ultimately get you peace of mind and the grateful result.”