Result Category: Notification Administrative Actions

Alleged Cocaine Use

Steph put together a response to a notification ADSEP asserting an innocent ingestion defense to an allegation of cocaine use. After receiving the response, the JAG contacted the Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, who confirmed that the innocent ingestion claim was valid. The command withdrew the notification.

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Positive THC Test

Client tested positive for THC and the command attempted to separate him using notification administrative separation proceedings. Steph assembled a response that explained exactly where Client had been innocently exposed. After reviewing the response, the CO withdrew the notification and allowed Client to continue his career in the Navy Reserve.

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ADSEP Withdrawn

A Navy Petty Officer Third Class was facing ADSEP for Condition Not Amounting to a Disability (CND). Client had faced significant hurdles, but was improving. The command still sought to discharge him just two months shy of his EAOS with an adverse discharge. Steph’s aggressive and persuasively drafted legal memo resulted in the CO withdrawing the ADSEP and allowing the Client to finish out his enlistment.

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Mandatory Administrative Separation Avoided

Client was found guilty of wrongfully using THC-9 at NJP before contacting Steph for an appeal. Steph put together a compelling appeal. While the NJP was upheld, the appeal was so effective that the command slow-rolled mandatory administrative separation processing to allow the Client to medically retire due to his PTSD.

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Minor Mistake Made

Navy Officer Client made a minor mistake during a very difficult time in her life. The Navy forced her to show cause for retention through notification procedures. After a hard-fought battle, her career was saved and she was retained.

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Drug Accusation

Navy Client shared a vape with a stranger the weekend before checking into his command. Steph’s persuasive presentation of the response to the ADSEP Notification resulted in Client continuing his Navy career.

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Mental Health Discharge

Navy Client was going to be separated for simply seeking mental health treatment. The ship wasn’t giving him the treatment he deserved, so he went off-ship for treatment. The ship retaliated and began processing him for a mental health discharge. Steph pulled out all the stops with the response, and the CO withdrew the ADSEP and returned the Sailor to the ship.

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Drug Accusation

Navy Client was the victim of severe Military Sexual Trauma, and several commands subsequently mistreated her.  She was in the process of being medically retired for MST-related PTSD and used cannabis to alleviate her suicidal intentions. Her command attempted to override the medical board and separate her with a general discharge characterization. One day after Steph’s legally sound, aggressive response to the ADSEP notification, the command withdrew the notification and allowed her to retire.

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Leaving The Scene of an Accident & Lying

Steph represented a USMC Gunnery Sergeant who received NJP for leaving the scene of an accident and lying about his location. Steph presented an extraordinarily compelling case for him to receive a 6105 instead of an NJP. The CO agreed and dismissed the nonjudicial punishment action.

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Drug Accusation

Client tested positive for THC. Abby’s thorough investigation, solid criticism of the command investigation failures, and compelling legal presentation resulted in the Client being found to have committed no misconduct. Client stayed in the Navy.

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