5.0 stars 112 totalReview Stephen Carpenter
Posted by Allen
I hired Stephen Carpenter to represent me at a Summary Court-Martial. After meeting with several other military law attorney's I made the clear decision to hire him. He had that fighting fire others were lacking and you could tell he went in with a victory in mind. I'm glad I chose him, as he had all charges dropped against me. He was very professional towards myself and my family throughout the trial. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Harry
Mr. Carpenter superb expertise in military law and his firm determination in the pursuit of equal justice was awesome.
I retained Mr. Carpenter to represent my son's sexual assault and DUI cases with the Army. The local police investigated the sexual assault case and turn it over to the prosecutor. The prosecutor decided not to prosecute the case due to a lack of evidence that a crime was committed. They turn the case over to the Army. Once the Army review the case they decided to prosecute. My son was facing dismal from the service and imprisonment At his trial, Mr. Carpenter was able to prove that the Army had no witness or evidence to convict my son and the case was dismissed.
Mr. Carpenter tremendous research and tireless effort in the DUI case resulted in a rescindable of my son dismissal from the service with a General discharge to him being reinstated to active duty in the Army.
Mr. Carpenter kept me informed and up to date on all issues pertaining to my son case. I would recommend Mr. Carpenter to any military member as he will pursue all avenues for the very best result.
Posted by Erick
After reviewing Mr. Carpenter credentials, comparing them with all others in the business I decided to hire him for my brothers Army sexual assault case. I realized that sexual assault cases in the Army have been on the rise and were being prosecuted even when there was little to no evidence that a crime had occur. The scales of justice are somewhat tipped to the prosecution side in order to raise the rate of a successful cases and improve the overall numbers of the Army. The Army usually assigns those cases to experienced military lawyers (JAG officers) who are colonels and have been specially trained for those type of cases and have many years of experience. On the defense side however, they are usually assigned a Captain JAG officers that deal with many types of cases at the same time, are less experienced, have not gone and often do not have as much time to prepare for the cases as they are swamped by many other cases. It is for this reason that I knew we had to use a civilian military lawyer for my brother. We knew that my brother was innocent in all this but when it comes to sexual assault cases it is usually a he said/ she said type of thing. Throughout the whole process Mr. Carpenter not only communicated with my brother who was his client but also with me (with my brothers’ permission). He would be quick in his responses and whenever we had any detailed questions or needed any updates on how the case was developing he was thorough in his response. Being stationed overseas my brother had limited access to phones and Steve was very flexible with his time to accommodate. He, Ben Hillner (his partner), and the military JAG worked together to come up with the best defense possible for my brother. Throughout the process they were able to uncover many things about the plaintiff and her credibility was discredited throughout the numerous interviews they conducted and through trial. The jury definitely saw through all the evidence and through a great cross examination of her that she was indeed not credible. My brother was acquitted of all charges and there is no doubt in our minds that Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Hillner played a huge role in that. I would recommend both of these gentlemen without hesitation to any military member or their families. They are professional, thorough, and will fight for the best outcome possible.
Posted by anonymous
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!
Posted by anonymous
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.
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.
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!
Posted by anonymous
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.
Posted by anonymous
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.”
Posted by anonymous
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.