UCMJ Article 118: Manslaughter and Attempted Murder
If you are a member of the armed forces and have been accused of murder or manslaughter, it is vital that you contact an experienced military defense lawyer immediately.
What is the difference between murder and manslaughter?
Murder and manslaughter both result in a fatality, but there are different elements that make up the separate charges, and different penalties associated with each.
Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) defines murder as the act of unlawfully taking the life of someone premeditatedly. Even if you did not actually commit the act, you could still be found guilty of homicide by simply being involved in the perpetration.
Manslaughter is a similar crime in that a fatality occurred at the hands of another, but it is separate from murder because it lacks the element of premeditation. Many manslaughter cases are due to recklessness, such as driving under the influence, or during a sudden act of rage.
What are the consequences of conviction?
You could be dishonorably discharged from the military and possibly face life in prison if you are found guilty of murder or manslaughter. If convicted of murder, you might also be subjected to the death penalty.
Can you help me?
Attorney Garrison Wood specializes in military defense law and knows exactly how to handle serious charges such as these. The possibility of conviction may seem daunting, but we will guide you through the entire process, and will protect your rights every step of the way.
Schedule a free review of your case with the team at Garrison Military Law today.