Clemency And Parole Boards

Bethany Payton-O’Brien and Paul C. LeBlanc represent members from all the services in the Clemency and Parole Board Process, achieving superior results on behalf their clients.  Each service has a Clemency and Parole board, which is different than a state or federal parole board. In order to adequately prepare your case for clemency and parole, you need a lawyer with experience in both courts-martial appeals and military clemency and parole.  

Clemency and parole are available to service members generally after serving a portion of their sentence.  The Clemency and Parole Board can reduce a sentence to confinement or place you on parole. Military clemency and parole can sometimes be even more confusing than court proceedings as each service has a unique set of rules and regulations.   Beth and Paul have extensive experience in these matters and can assist you in preparing the best package for submission to the Clemency and Parole Board.

Because the Clemency and Parole Board assumes you are guilty, this process can be more important than a court-martial appeal.  This is not a process you should face alone, particularly if your case is still on appeal in the military criminal courts of appeal.  Service members will not receive adequate support from a brig counselor to prepare their clemency and parole submission. You need a lawyer like Beth or Paul to assist you in preparing your package or arguing your case before the Clemency and Parole Board.  They know what documents are necessary and relevant to demonstrate mitigation or rehabilitation, and they know what arguments to make. Let them help you obtain parole or a reduction in your sentence! 

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    Paul C. LeBlanc

    Paul C. LeBlanc

    Paul LeBlanc has over 30 years’ experience in both military and federal practice. Paul retired from the U.S. Navy, JAGC in 2017 with 27 years in uniform. Serving most of his career in the courtroom, Paul represented hundreds of clients in both courts-martial and appellate hearings. As the Commanding Officer of Defense Service Office North (the largest geographic command in the Navy’s JAGC) or as the Director of the Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Defense Division, Paul represented individual clients of all paygrades with outstanding results; he was the only Captain to represent clients in all matters. However, his decades of experience also includes administrative hearings such as admin discharge boards, NJP and NJP appeals, medical privilege boards, detachment for cause (including operationally related DFCs), IG investigations and rebuttals and command and law enforcement investigations (NCIS, CID, Provost Marshal, FBI, DEA, and other federal law enforcement agencies). Paul has over 100 contested courts-martial, hundreds of appellate briefs and arguments, and several hundred administrative hearings and matters.

    After retiring, Paul was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney in Central District of California in both the Criminal and National Security Divisions. He is extremely knowledgeable about federal criminal law and its interplay with the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Quite often the federal government will assist military prosecutors during an investigation and Paul’s experience is paramount to drive the best results for a client. The rules in federal and military courts are vastly different and knowing the intricacies of both are vital to your success.

    Paul is qualified and certified to practice in all military and federal courts, military courts of appeals, as well as the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He is also admitted to the 9th, 1st, and 3rd Circuit Courts of Appeals.

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    Bethany L. Payton-O’Brien

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    Payton-O’Brien

    Law Office of Bethany L. Payton-O’Brien

    Bethany L. Payton-O’Brien

    Military Defense Attorney Bethany Payton-O’Brien is a former military trial and appellate judge. She has been practicing military and criminal law for 25 years. She served in the United States Navy for almost 23 years. Since her retirement from the Navy in 2017, she has been in private practice providing legal representation to military members (active, reservists, ROTC students, and former members), civilian employees, contractors, and retirees. Bethany Payton-O’Brien focuses on on military and security clearance matters, including litigation, criminal law, ROTC disenrollment hearings, and administrative law (NJP, administrative boards, medical privileging boards, letters of reprimand, IG investigation).  She also represents clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the Board of Veterans Appeals, as well as all military review boards and trial courts. Bethany has prosecuted and defended numerous high profile cases, including matters that have received coverage by the San Diego Union Tribune, Military Times, Business Insider, and San Diego CBS News 8. Bethany Payton-O’Brien brings experience, aggressiveness and a commitment to protecting the rights of her clients.

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    The Law Office of Bethany L. Payton-O’Brien is a sole proprietor.