JAG Defense Negotiated for Naval Officer’s Multiple Charges to be Dismissed

A 22-year Naval Officer was charged with attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and destruction of property. These charges were all the result of his admitted cutting of the emergency brake cable and rear brake line on an enlisted member’s car. Despite extensive pretrial investigation and negotiations, our client’s command initially refused to withdraw the attempted murder charge. Ultimately, however, we negotiated a pre-trial agreement wherein the attempted murder, reckless endangerment and destruction of property charges were WITHDRAWN and DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. In exchange, our client pleaded guilty to a lesser offense of aggravated assault. At the sentencing hearing, the prosecutor requested that the judge impose the maximum punishment allowed under the law – confinement for three years and a Dismissal. We presented an extensive sentencing case for our client that led to the imposition of only three (3) months of confinement, forfeitures of pay, and a reprimand. In addition, our client was not Dismissed at his court-martial and subsequently was able to RETIRE from the U.S. Navy.