U.S. Military Lawyer - The Law Office of Stephen P. Karns

Military Attorney - Japan

Being stationed overseas can be stressful on military personnel for a variety of reasons: performing your job, training, going on exercises, being without your family, or adjusting with your family to a new country with a variety of unknown customs. Being subject to UCMJ or adverse action can only make matters worse.

If you find yourself in this situation, Mr. Karns is available and ready to help you. As a military attorney, Mr. Karns can represent you anywhere in Japan regarding command imposed administrative adverse action or a court-martial. Mr. Karns serves U.S. Air Force service members stationed at Yokota Air Base and Misawa Air Base; U.S. Marines Corps personnel stationed at MCAS Iwakuni and MCAS Futenma; U.S. Army personnel stationed at USAG Japan, Camp Zama; and U.S. Navy personnel stationed at Sasebo Naval Base, Yokosuka Naval Base, or Atsugi Naval Base. Mr. Karns can simply advise and counsel you regarding your options and strategies for dealing with your command; negotiate a resolution to your problem with your command from the U.S.; or travel to your location to represent you at your administrative board or article 32 hearing or court-martial.


Recent Cases

Client was a 1LT in the Army stationed at Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan. Client's apartment was raided by local officials and CID as a location where child pornography had been downloaded. Several electronic items were seized, including external hard drives, USB “thumb” drives, a cell phone, and a laptop computer. On the various media and devices, a forensic examination revealed 983 image files and 41 multimedia (movie) files of suspected child pornography. Client hired Attorney Karns to assist him avoid the onerous consequences of a prosecution. Client’s command agreed to allow him to resign in lieu of a court-martial thus avoiding any jail time, a criminal conviction, and having to register as a sex offender.

Client was a PO1 who got reduced at Captain’s Mast to PO2 for sexually harassing an E-2 by kissing her on the neck and grabbing her buttocks, as well as bringing alcohol on a military aircraft. Client had 18 years of solid service with no prior allegations of wrong doing. Client hired Mr. Karns to fly to Japan to represent him at his administrative separation board. For testimony, Mr. Karns called Client’s current and former supervisors, as well as a Master Chief who was familiar with Client’s duty performance, all who testified that Client should be retained. Under cross-examination, the complaining witness admitted that Client should be retained. Client was retained by a vote of 3-0 and will be allowed to retire.

Client was a Petty Officer First Class stationed aboard the USS George Washington. After getting “crossways” with his command, Client went AWOL, missed movement, and flew home to the U.S. from Japan. Client wished to leave the Navy without jail time or a punitive discharge and hired Mr. Karns to resolve his case. After Client turned himself into the Navy in Florida, Mr. Karns persuaded Client’s command not to return him to Japan for prosecution, but simply to administratively separate Client from the Navy with no jail time or criminal conviction. Client was separated after nine days with a General Discharge.



* Past results achieved are not a guarantee of future results. Each case is unique and reference must be made to the specific legal and factual circumstances presented.


Worldwide Availability:

  • Every base, post, camp, or station.
  • All Army installations.
  • All Air Force installations.
  • All Naval installations.
  • All Marine Corps installations.
  • All Coast Guard installations.