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The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)

Military Criminal Defense Lawyer

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) was established by Congress to cover all branches of service including the reserves and the United States Coast Guard. The UCMJ differs from the civilian criminal justice system in many ways and if you have been charged with a military offense it is critical that you have a knowledgeable military criminal defense lawyer by your side. Under the UCMJ, you can be punished for a variety of offenses including:

  • Conspiracy
  • Solicitation
  • Fraudulent or unlawful enlistment, appointment or separation
  • Desertion
  • Absence without leave
  • Missing movement
  • Contempt toward officials
  • Disrespect towards a superior
  • Assaulting or willfully disobeying a superior
  • Insubordinate conduct
  • Failure to obey an order or regulation
  • Cruelty and maltreatment
  • Mutiny or sedition
  • Resistance, flight or escape
  • Releasing a prisoner without proper authority
  • Unlawful detention
  • Noncompliance with procedural rules
  • Misbehavior before the enemy
  • Subordinate compelling surrender
  • Improper use of countersign
  • Forcing a safeguard
  • Captured or abandoned property
  • Aiding the enemy
  • Misconduct as a prisoner
  • Spies
  • Espionage
  • False official statements
  • Damaging or destroying property belong to the United States
  • Damaging or destroying other than military property
  • Improper hazarding of a vessel
  • Drinking on duty
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Wrongful use of controlled substances
  • Misbehavior of sentinel
  • Dueling
  • Malingering
  • Rioting
  • Provoking speeches or gestures
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Death or injury of an unborn child
  • Rape
  • Stalking
  • Larceny/robbery/burglary
  • Forgery
  • Making an order without sufficient funds
  • Maiming
  • Sodomy
  • Arson
  • Extortion
  • Assault
  • Perjury
  • Frauds against the United States
  • Conduct unbecoming an officer or gentleman

As you can see, there is a wide range of offenses you could easily commit and be punished for in the military. Furthermore, while many of these crimes result in significant penalties for civilian, these penalties are only amplified for servicemen and women, who are supposed to set an example for their peers and civilians alike.

Facing charges under the UCMJ is a very serious matter. The prosecution has access to resources and an ability to make deals with cooperating witnesses. If your fate is being determined in a military court, you do not want an attorney that is unfamiliar and inexperienced. The Federal Practice Group has experience successfully protecting and defending their clients. In many cases, our skilled and resourceful attorneys are able to avoid a court martial. Our attorneys will not be intimidated by a zealous prosecution and they will aggressively stand up and fight to fight to protect your rights and your future.

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The resourceful and professional attorneys at the firm are committed to helping service personnel and civilian contractors that are facing the potentially severe consequences of the UCMJ system. They are well-versed in the procedures and understand how protocols and rank can affect decisions made in military courts and hearings. The firm is dedicated to fighting for the men and women who fight for this country. They will tirelessly defend you and work hard to obtain the best possible outcome.

The Federal Practice Group is your friend when you are facing a charge under the UCMJ. We understand that this is a very fearful and confusing time for you, and we are equipped with both the answers and aid you need. Don't go through this difficult time alone. Contact a court martial lawyer and begin benefitting from its attorneys' legal services! We can help you - all you need to do is pick up a phone today!