Representative Cases

Mr. Berens has prosecuted, defended, and supervised the prosecution of many general courts-martial and special courts-martial. Some of following cases represent a few of the many cases Mr. Berens has defended under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) over the course of more than a decade.  Other cases identified below are cases where Mr. Berens either represented a defendant or plaintiff in Washington State Courts.  The names of the accused service members, defendants, and plaintiffs have been omitted in the interest of client privacy. Some of the service members involved in the court-martial cases listed below were exonerated during the court-martial process.

 

United States v. O-3 (General Court-Martial)

Article 120, UCMJ, Sexual Assault

Article 128, UCMJ, Assault

 

United States v. E-6 (General Court-Martial)

Article 120, UCMJ, Sexual Assault

Article 128, UCMJ, Assault

 

United States v. E-5 (General Court-Martial)

Article 120, UCMJ, Sexual Assault

Article 134, UCMJ, Communicating a Threat

Article 128, UCMJ, Assault

Article 80, UCMJ, Attempted Sexual Assault

 

Plaintiff v. Snohomish County (King County Superior Court)

Wrongful Death

 

United States v. E-3 (General Court-Martial)

Article 78, UCMJ, Accessory after the fact – premeditated murder

Article 107, UCMJ, False Official Statement

Article 134, UCMJ Obstructing Justice

Article 134, UCMJ, Misprison of a serious offense

 

United States v. E-4 (Special Court-Martial)

Article 112a, UCMJ, Wrongful use of a controlled substance

 

United States v. E-4 (General Court-Martial)

Article 120, UCMJ, Rape

 

Plaintiff v. City of Seattle (King County Superior Court)

Negligence

 

United States v. E-5 (General Court-Martial)

Article 121, UCMJ, Larceny of military property of a value more than $500

Article 92, UCMJ, Violation of General Order 1A

Article 92, UCMJ, Willful Dereliction of Duty (3 specifications)

Article 134, UCMJ, Indecent Acts (9 specifications)

 

State of Washington v. E-6 (Pierce County Superior Court)

Assault Second Degree

Interfering with the Reporting of Domestic Violence

 

United States v. O-3 (General Court-Martial)

Article 92, UCMJ, Willful Dereliction of Duty

Article 107, UCMJ, False Official Statement

 

United States v. E-6 (General Court-Martial)

Article 120, UCMJ, Wrongful Sexual Contact with a child (2 specifications)

Article 120, UCMJ, Indecent liberties with a child

 

United States v. E-3 (General Court-Martial)

Article 120, UCMJ, Indecent Conduct

Article 134, UCMJ, Voyeurism

Article 134, UCMJ, Possession of Child Pornography

Article 134, UCMJ, Obstruction of Justice

 

United States v. E-4 (General Court-Martial)

Article 134, UCMJ, Possession of Child Pornography

 

United States v. E-3 (General Court-Martial)

Article 120, UCMJ, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a child

Article 134, UCMJ, Possession of Child Pornography

 

United States v. E-6 (Special Court-Martial)

Alleged violation of Article 111, UCMJ, Driving under the Influence

 

United States v. E-3 (Special Court-Martial)

Article 112a, UCMJ, Wrongful Use of a Controlled Substance

 

United States v. E-1 (General Court-Martial)

Article 81, UCMJ, Conspiracy to commit larceny of military property

Article 86, UCMJ, Absent without Leave (2 specifications)

Article 121, UCMJ, Larceny of military property of a value less than $500

Article 134, UCMJ, Breaking Restriction

 

United States v. E-1 (General Court-Martial)

Article 81, UCMJ, Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance

Article 112a, UCMJ, Wrongful Possession of a Controlled Substance

Article 112a, UCMJ, Wrongful Use of a Controlled Substance

 

United States v. E-4 (General Court-Martial)

Article 92, UCMJ, Violation of a Lawful Order (2 specifications)

Article 120, UCMJ, Indecent Act (with a child)

Article 134, UCMJ, Indecent communication with a child

 

United States v. E-1 (Special Court-Martial)

Article 92, UCMJ, Violation of a Lawful Order (2 specifications)

 

United States v. E-5 (General Court-Martial)

Article 120, UCMJ, Aggravated Sexual Assault

Mr. Berens does not guarantee results in any case.  Trial outcomes are inherently unpredictable.  Mr. Berens does guarantee that he will do his very best to achieve the best outcome possible in every case he accepts.

 

 

 

Ratings and Reviews

A Great man.

This is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to write. I have a hard time putting into words how much respect, trust, and admiration I have for Mr. Michael Berens. Mr. Berens represented me in a military general court martial. The charge was sexual assault . The consequences of a guilty verdict…

- (5 star review)

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