What is a Supplemental Information Request (SIR)?

Imagine potentially derogatory information has been identified that may have a bearing on your eligibility for access to classified information. Perhaps it is self-reported information or maybe it was discovered as part of the automated continuous evaluation background checks.  This information may result in an Incident Report that DCSA CAS or another Agency Adjudicator uses […]

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Category: JAG Defense Blog

What are the new UCMJ Sentencing Guidelines?

Rule for Courts-Martial (RCM) 1002 establishes the military justice system’s new sentencing procedures. With the exception of death penalty cases, the military justice system has transitioned to judge-alone sentencing. That is, members will still determine the findings of the court-martial (guilty or not guilty), but the military judge will determine the sentence following the appropriate […]

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What Are “Covered Offenses” Under the UCMJ?

Starting on December 28, 2023, military commanders are required to report all allegations of “covered” offenses to the Office of the Special Trial Counsel. The OSTC holds exclusive authority to determine whether a reported offense falls under the category of covered offenses. Additionally, the OSTC may also exercise its authority over related offenses, offenses alleged […]

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Office of the Special Trial Counsel

On 27 December 2023, each branch of the military officially stood up their Office of the Special Trial Counsel (OSTC). These offices are made up of specially trained JAGs with exclusive authority over “covered” offenses.  Covered offenses are primarily personal violence offenses specifically including sexual assault. The OSTC for each service is responsible for prosecuting […]

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Category: Firm News, JAG Defense Blog

January 2022

U.S. Navy E-5 Administrative Separation Board, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VAResult: No Misconduct/Retain

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April 2019

U.S. Navy O-2 General Court-Martial, NS Norfolk, VAResult: All Charges Withdrawn Following Article 32 Hearing

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Category: Recent Results, Uncategorized

“Matter of Interest” Filing Avoided for Navy O-5

Senior officer (O-5) subject of flag officer attempt to file an adverse Matter of Interest (MOI) in personnel record  for handling of complicated unit member sexual misconduct cases while in command. Thorough examination of facts, review of relevant law and directives, and careful drafting of client objection to MOI resulted in Bureau of Navy Personnel […]

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Military Defense Attorneys Fort Story, VA

Fort Story, also known as Joint Expeditionary Base East, is an installation connected to the United States Navy and Little Creek Amphibious Base. Fort Story is also the Army’s only facility that trains troops with amphibious equipment. The location of Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia provides a variety of different terrains to train military […]

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Army E-7 Acquitted of Drug Charge

Army E-7 tested positive on a unit sweep urinalysis test for marijuana and his chain of command referred his case to a court-martial.  Complicating matters, our client also tested positive on a urinalysis test for marijuana fifteen years earlier, which the government sought to introduce as evidence of a pattern of drug involvement.  Our client also had been counseled on numerous […]

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Category: Positive Urinalysis Success Stories, Uncategorized

Substantial evidence of responsible actions saves security clearance despite nearly $1,000,000 in real estate investment losses

MIDDLE ATLANTIC:  Client defense contractor was issued a Statement of Reasons (SOR) under Adjudicative Guideline F – Financial Considerations, alleging three mortgage loan accounts, totaling approximately $935,000.00 in default/arrears, with all three being foreclosed upon and the Applicant being still liable for approximately $225,000.00 in outstanding debt.  After working with client to resolve the outstanding […]

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