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.

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The general article. UCMJ Art. Conduct Constituting a Non-capital Crime. Offenses Listed in MCM, pt. This list is nonexhaustive. Other novel offenses may be charged, provided thealleged misconduct satisfies the standard in one of the three clauses of Article and the misconduct cannot be prosecuted under another article of the UCMJ.

Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order and Discipline Clause 1 Not every irregular, mischievous or improper act is a court-martial offense. IV, 60c 2 a. United States v. Sadinsky , 34 C. Rowe , No. Conduct must be directly and palpably prejudicial to good order and discipline. Davis , 26 M.

Woods , 28 M. A breach of custom may result in a violation of clause one of Article MCM, pt. IV, 60c 2 b. Smart , 12 C. It must satisfy the following requirements: 1 long established practice; 2 common usage attaining the force of law; 3 not contrary to military law ; and 4 ceases when observance has been abandoned.

Conduct of a Nature to Bring Discredit upon the Armed Forces Clause 2 Conduct must have the tendency to bring the service into disrepute or tend to lower itin public esteem. Sullivan , 42 M. Sanchez , 29 C. Government he represents. The time and place of conduct isconsidered by the finder of fact in weighing whether it is service-discrediting. For cases of this type, it is not necessary to prove that a third person actually observed the act, but only that it was reasonably likely that a third person would observe it.

Izquierdo , 51 M. Sims , 57 M. Carr , 28 M. Public knowdge not necessary. Phillips , 70 M. Green , 39 M. Kirksey , 20 M. Violations of state or foreign law is not per se service discrediting. Sadler , 29 M. Conduct Punishable Under First Two Theories Prosecutors often charge and courts often affirm various offenses invoking both the language of Clause 1 and of Clause 2.

Historically, other offenses have also been prosecuted. Light , 36 M. Baur ,10 M. Pechefsky , 13 M. These listings are not exhaustive and other novel offenses may be charged under the first two theories of the article, providing the offenses are not prosecutable elsewhere in the UCMJ.

Wright , 5 M. Erickson , 61 M. Glover , 50 M. Choate , 32 M. Johnson , 4 M. Kopp , 9 M. Morris , 30 M. Guerrero , 33 M. King , 34 M. Perez , 33 M. Warnock , 34 M. Henderson , 32 M. Stone , 40 M. Vaughan , 58 M. Saunders , 59 M. Be cognizant of preemption concerns Art.

Farence , 57 M. Child Pornography. See Ch. Irvin , 60 M. Mason , 60 M. Brisbane , 63 M. Parker v. Levy, U. Priest, 45 C. Wilcox, 66 M. In addressing the first prong, certain types of speech lack protection under the First Amendment. They include fighting words, dangerous speech, and obscenity. Brown, 45 M. As the language was protected speech, the court next addressed the connection between the speech and the military.

Concluding that the speech is protected and that the government did not prove the elements of an Article charge, the court did not conduct the balancing test between the First Amendment protections and the needs of the military. Blair, 67 M. Accused , while in civilian clothes, posted Ku Klux Klan recruiting flyers in an airport bathroom. In this case, there was a sufficient factual basis for his plea because there was the possibility that a member of the public who knew him to be in the Coast Guard could have readily seen him posting the flyers.

Next, the court applied the United States v. Wilcox , 66 M. Ogren , 54 M. The offense must occur in a place where the law in question applies. Williams , 17 M. Clark , 41 C.

Kolly , 48 M. Elements of the federal statute are controlling. Ridgeway , 13 M. A servicemember can be convicted of an attempt to commit a federal offense under clause three, even if the underlying federal statute has no attempt provision.

Craig , 19 M. A specification containing allegations of fact insufficient to establish a violation of a designated federal statute may nonetheless be sufficient to constitute a violation of either clause one or two, Article Mayo , 12 M. Wagner , 52 M. Robbins , 48 M. Gould , 13 M. Soliciting a minor or not. Brooks, 60 M. Appellant was convicted of violating 18 U.

Appellant never communicated directly with a minor or a person he believed was a minor. A conviction under Sec.

The relevant intent is the intent to persuade or to attempt to persuade, not the intent to commit the actual sexual act. In this case appellant acted with the intent to induce a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity, and then completed the attempt with actions that strongly corroborated the required culpability. See also United States v. Amador, 61 M.


UCMJ Article 134: General Offenses

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The general article. UCMJ Art. 134

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.



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. It is one of many offenses under Article , which is a general article.

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