Can You be Charged Under the UCMJ After Discharge?

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The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) has defined and punished military crimes since its inception in 1950. It’s usually reserved for charging active-duty service members, but the code also allows certain retirees to be court-martialed. Now, certain legal cases are challenging the longstanding rules, which could have significant ramifications for military veterans. Who Does … Read more

What are the Differences in Military and Civilian Court Cases?

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Are you a military service member who has been accused of committing a crime? While certain activities are illegal under both martial and civilian law, the military has a different set of codes, processes, and penalties for dealing with crimes. If you’re facing a military trial, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the differences in … Read more

Breaking Down Article 134 – Kidnapping

Does the military suspect you of seizing and confining someone against their will? Perhaps law enforcement has even insinuated that they have all the evidence they need to put you behind bars. If you’re being accused of kidnapping under Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), you need expert legal representation to … Read more

Navigating the Types of Court Martial

If you’re a service member in the US Armed Forces, chances are you’re familiar with the term “court martial.” This is the military’s court of law, which hears cases against service members charged with violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The three types of courts martial—summary court martial, special court martial, and general … Read more

How a DUI Affects Your Military Career

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Military service members often spend much of their days operating vehicles, aircraft, and vessels. They are expected to control these machines responsibly and safely. Failure to do so could result in a criminal charge. Drinking and driving—whether on base in a military craft or off base in a personal vehicle—is a violation of Article 111 … Read more

Understanding the Court Martial Process

If you are a military service member who has been accused of or arrested for a crime, you may now be facing a court martial. These criminal proceedings are reserved for members of the military. As such, military law applies, not the federal criminal code. While the two are similar—including the fact that the accused … Read more

Understanding and Defending Against Allegations of Article 120, Sexual Assault

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The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is the military’s code of law. It covers everything from minor infractions to serious felonies. Article 120 relates specifically to sexual misconduct, including sexual contact, assault, and rape. Sex crimes always receive harsh punishments, but the sentence could be even more severe if you are enlisted in the … Read more