Full Acquittal for Coast Guard CPO

Coast Guard E-7 was accused of groping a female officer during repeated port calls in Dutch Harbor, AK. Initially, the alleged victim claimed that our client fondled her buttocks on 2 occasions. Over the course of the investigation, this allegation grew to include approximately 12-20 gropings, each one lasting anywhere from 10-60 seconds. Prior to his court-martial, the government tacked on a Drunkenness charge under Article 134. At his court-martial, we attacked the alleged victim’s credibility and changing story. Further, we called numerous witnesses during the defense case who were present during the alleged instances of groping and drunkenness, all of whom testified that our client had not behaved inappropriately at any time. RESULT: The officer/enlisted panel found our client NOT GUILTY of all charges.

Category: Military Success Stories

Air Force Officer Cleared of BAH Fraud

Air Force O-4 was accused of stealing Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and travel voucher entitlements totaling approximately $40,000. He was also charged with making five (5) false official statements as part of his alleged scheme. The allegations were based on his dependents’ BAH locations during an unaccompanied tour he took to Al Udeid AB, Qatar. Our client received BAH for NY for the entire year, despite the fact that his dependents primarily resided in OH and PA. At his court-martial, our cross-examination of the government’s finance witnesses using little-known provisions of the Joint Federal Travel Regulation established significant doubt/confusion regarding whether our client was entitled to NY BAH or not. Further, we presented significant evidence to demonstrate that our client lacked the specific intent to commit the offenses charged against him. RESULT: The officer panel found our client NOT GUILTY of all charges against him.

Category: Military Success Stories

September 2020

U.S. Air Force O-4 General Court-Martial, Maxwell AFB, AL
Result: Full Acquittal

Category: Recent Results

August 2020

U.S. Coast Guard E-7 Special Court-Martial, Kodiak, Alaska
Result: Full Acquittal

Category: Recent Results

July 2020

U.S. Air Force Special E-5 Court-Martial, Ramstein AB, Germany
Result: Full Acquittal

Category: Recent Results

Naval Flight Officer Cleared of Drug Abuse

A Naval Flight Officer tested positive on a two separate urinalysis tests for codeine. Both test results were significantly above the DoD cutoff level. When it became apparent that his test results were not due to the accidental ingestion of actual codeine, we widened our search of possible reasons for the test result. At his subsequent Board of Inquiry proceeding, we presented a compelling case that his test results were due to his consumption of poppy seed muffins purchased at his local grocery store. While poppy seed muffins are well-known to be a possible reason someone might test positive for morphine, it is very rare to test positive for codeine after ingestion. In support of our defense, we presented (1) itemized receipts showing the purchase of poppy seed muffins; (2) expert testimony from two forensic toxicologists establishing that poppy seed ingestion could cause low levels of codeine; (3) scientific studies demonstrating the rise in codeine positive test results due to poppy seed ingestion; (4) DNA test results showing that our client has a rare genetic mutation that impacts his ability to metabolize codeine, and (5) expert testimony from a professor of Nutrition Science at a leading university who explained the impact that our client’s genetic mutation would have on his body’s ability to metabolize poppy seeds and his urinalysis test results. Result: The Board of Inquiry voted 3-0 that our client committed No Misconduct.

Category: Positive Urinalysis Success Stories

June 2020

U.S. Navy O-2 Board of Inquiry, NS Norfolk, VA
Result: No Misconduct/Retain

Category: Recent Results

May 2020

U.S. Navy E-5 General Court-Martial, NS Norfolk, VA
Result: All Article 120 Charges Referred to Summary C-M: No confinement, no criminal record, no sex offender registration

Category: Recent Results

April 2020

U.S. Air Force O-2, OSI Investigation, Hanscom AFB, MA
Result: BAH Fraud Charges Dropped

Category: Recent Results

March 2020

U.S. Coast Guard O-3 General Court-Martial, CGB Elizabeth City, NC
Result: All Charges Withdrawn/Dismissed

Category: Recent Results