The general article. UCMJ Art. Conduct Constituting a Non-capital Crime. Offenses Listed in MCM, pt. This list is nonexhaustive.

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Proof lies on him who asserts, not on him who denies. The concept is that one is innocent until proven guilty. Regardless of what the law says about reasonable doubt, there is an unwritten presumption within the ranks of the military that if you are charged with sexual assault, then you are guilty.

The stakes are your life! Your military counsel works for the same military that charged you. Consider that as you choose who represents you in your potentially life altering case. Two situations are covered under this heading and their elements are as follows: a Fleeing the accident scene- the passenger or driver charged is charged as principal Elements: That at a specific time and place, the accused was driving a vehicle which was involved in a collision or accident.

That the accused was aware of this accident or collision. That this act of the accused was unlawful and wrongful. That, under these circumstances, the behavior of the accused went against the good order and discipline expected from members of the armed forces; or it brought discredit to the United States Armed Forces.

Refer to the Manual for Courts Martial for further information on this article.


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Although adultery is often difficult to prove, commanders at the lowest appropriate levels are given great leeway in deciding what is considered to bring discredit upon their unit or what is prejudicial to its good order and discipline. It is also important to note that single service members can be charged with adultery if the person with whom they had intercourse is married at the time of the act. Maximum Possible Punishments for violations of Article Adultery The maximum punishment according to Article Adultery is a Dishonorable Discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for one year. All three of these elements must be proved by the government beyond a reasonable doubt in order to charge a service member with adultery and include: That the accused wrongfully had sexual intercourse with a certain person; That, at the time, the accused or the other person was married to someone else; and That, under the circumstances, the conduct of the accused was to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces or was of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces. How do you defend against Article charges for fraternization? When you are facing the combined resources of the military as well as the current cultural climate, you need to be prepared to defend your career and your freedom. Crisp and Associates, LLC has a team of experienced trial attorneys who have won these cases.


UCMJ Article 134: General Offenses

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The general article. UCMJ Art. 134

Articles 77 through of the UCMJ are known as the "punitive articles. Many will also likely have civilian court cases as well if other local laws were broken too such as driving drunk to rape or murder. Chapter 4 of the MCM includes, and expands on the punitive articles. Elements: These are the specifics of the offense. To support a finding of "guilty," the government must prove each element of the offense, beyond a reasonable doubt. Explanation: The explanation defines terms, and clarifies the elements, based on previous court decisions.

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