Alleged Sexual Misconduct Charges – Article 120c
Military Criminal Defense Attorney Joseph L. Jordan
Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law provides defense for servicemen and women under Article 120c – other sexual misconduct. Contact our former service member for the aggressive defense you need. The UCMJ’s definition of sexual misconduct is broad and comprehensive. While the offenses under “other sexual misconduct” do not attract as harsh a punishment as rape or sexual assault, they can still hold serious repercussions for convicted military members. An experienced military lawyer with a successful history of defending service members in numerous courts martial can help ensure an outcome in your favor. Attorney Jordan is a respected military defense lawyer who strongly advocates for your rights. He is a former Army Judge Advocate operating out of Killeen, TX.
Helping You Fight Sexual Misconduct Charges
Any service member accused of voyeurism, indecent exposure, taping and distributing pornography, or forcible pandering will be subject to Article 120c of the UCMJ. These criminal offenses can carry heavy consequences, such as time in prison, forced expulsion from service, and loss of all military benefits. Many service members convicted of these crimes can face prison sentences of at least ten years. Even if you don’t face prison time, you may be dishonorably discharged and will never recover your pension or healthcare benefits. Being convicted means you’ll be placed on a federal sex offender list for at least ten years with the possibility of being on it for life. This could destroy job prospects and future relationships. When faced with spending your life as a sex offender or walking away free, it’s crucial to hire an experienced, aggressive military attorney like Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law.
Explaining Article 120c – Sexual Misconduct
Article 120C of the UCMJ defines six criminal offenses which must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt by prosecutors to result in a conviction. The following acts make up Article 120c:
- Indecent viewing – This takes place when the accused views the private area of another person without that person’s consent. The accused must have knowingly and wrongfully viewed the area, and the viewing must have taken place while the other person had a reasonable
- Indecent recording – This crime is much the same as indecent viewing, but instead of viewing another person’s private area, the accused recorded it without consent and with a reasonable expectation of privacy.
- Broadcasting of an indecent recording – The accused knowingly broadcasts a recording of another person’s private area without their consent. The accused must know the recording was made or broadcast without consent while the other person had a reasonable expectation of privacy, which was known to the accused.
- Distribution of an indecent visual recording – The accused knowingly distributed a recording of another person’s private area without consent. The recording was made while the other person had a reasonable expectation of privacy, and the accused was aware of that.
- Forcible pandering – The accused compelled another individual to engage in prostitution with any person. Prostitution refers to sexual contact or a sexual act that is caused/delivered in exchange for anything of value.
- Indecent exposure – The accused exposed their genitalia, anus, buttocks, or female areola or nipple in an indecent manner that was done intentionally in the view of people other than the individual’s family.
Punishment for Offenses for Other Sexual Misconduct
Each offense under Article 120c is punishable by punitive damages, confinement, and forfeitures. In the event of a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge, convicted service members stand to lose all veteran benefits. Finding employment in the civilian sector is also difficult for individuals who have received anything apart from an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions. The punishments for military members convicted of forcible pandering include a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge, confinement of up to five years, and a loss of total pay and allowances. Indecent exposure comes with one year in military prison, forfeiture of full pay, and a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge. Those convicted of these crimes are penalized on three fronts, which is why you need a seasoned military lawyer on your side. Attorney Jordan is familiar with the intricate workings of the United States military justice system. He studies verdicts and the specifics of cases similar to yours to show you the big picture and the reasonable expectations of your case.
Contact Our Military Defense Attorney Today
Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law is here to fight for you. Sex crimes have unfortunately destroyed promising military careers, but it doesn’t have to happen to you. As an experienced court martial lawyer, Attorney Jordan has defended the interests of United States service members against Article 120 sex offenses and Article 120c. Our team is prepared to help you fight back against your charges. Attorney Jordan wants to fight for your freedom. Contact Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law today at 833-884-2715 so we can speak with you and get started on your case.