Article 120 Rape and Sexual Assault

Rape or sexual assault is a very serious offense and can be devastating to your life as a military member if convicted. If you are being investigated or charged in a sexual assault or rape case, it’s time to act immediately. At the Law Office of Garrison A. Wood, we want to give you the best defense possible. Even if your case seems hopeless, there are still many ways to combat charges against you.

Defining Rape and Sexual Assault

According to article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), you could be charged with rape or sexual assault if you used force or fear, caused bodily harm toward a victim, or rendered them unconscious through alcohol or drug use to perform an unwanted sexual act.

The UCMJ definition applies whether you were on duty or off, and whether the act occurred between two military members, or between a service member and a civilian.

Possible Consequences of Rape or Sexual Assault Charges

Charges of rape or sexual assault should be taken very seriously because the implications could mean more than just jail time. You could be stripped of your rank, dishonorably discharged, and be forced to register as a sex offender, all of which will make civilian life much more difficult.

How We Can Help

There is hope in every case and we want to make sure you get the best defense possible. If you are a member of the military and have been charged with rape or sexual assault, you will need a military defense lawyer fighting for you. The UCMJ has its own legal definitions, and you will need an experienced attorney who deals with the UCMJ on a daily basis. Attorney Garrison Wood can help fight for you and will work hard to ensure that you receive the best outcome possible for your case.

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