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 Different Types of Military Discharge?

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Most people are familiar with the two main types of military discharges—honorable and dishonorable—but there are numerous others as well. Most discharges are administrative, while others are punitive, related to medical conditions, or for the government’s convenience. Understanding the nature of your specific discharge can help you understand how it might complicate your ability to … 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

Defending Against Accusations of Self-Harm

It is not surprising that many military troops return from lengthy overseas deployments with mental health challenges, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These mental illnesses are strongly linked to suicidal behavior and can predicate the transition from suicidal ideation to suicide attempts. According to the University of Massachusetts Law Review released in 2014, … Read more

Understanding Article 112a

Drug offenses in the military fall under Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). If you have been accused of dealing, distributing, or abusing drugs, it’s important to understand what punishments you may be facing. With a knowledgeable military lawyer by your side, you’ll have what you need to defend yourself against … Read more

Breaking Down “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt”

When a legal case is brought forward, the outcome of that case depends on the prosecution’s ability to prove the defendant’s guilt. Different standards of proof may apply, depending on the jurisdiction and the type of legal action taking place. The three primary standards of proof include preponderance of the evidence, clear and convincing evidence, … Read more

The Military Justice System: Innocent Until Proven Guilty

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The Air Force made history this November when it charged Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley with sexual assault, making him the first active Air Force general ever to be charged with a military justice crime. He could also become the first Air Force general to face a court martial if the preliminary hearing, scheduled for … Read more