All service people are bound to abide by the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or the UCMJ. Being charged with a code violation is something few service people expect to go through, but it happens. Being accused of a sexual assault violation under Article 120 of the UCMJ can be humiliating and life-changing. The charges are serious, and the penalties are severe.
If you’ve been charged with aggravated sexual contact under the UCMJ, don’t lose hope. At The Law Office of Garrison A. Wood, we defend our clients’ rights and fight to achieve the best possible outcome in a court-martial.
What is Aggravated Sexual Contact MCM 45b(5) under Article 120 of the UCMJ?
Aggravated sexual contact means forcing another person into any one of several “sexual contacts” using threat. Sexual contact includes touching parts of the body, including intimate areas, genitalia, inner thigh, breasts, buttocks, or groin to degrade, abuse, or humiliate another person or for sexual arousal. Touching can occur directly or through clothing and can be carried out with your person or an object. This includes forcing another person to carry out the sexual contact.
Aggravated sexual contact specifically includes any of the above contacts carried out under threat. This includes using force, causing bodily harm, by threatening injury or violence, or by intoxicating or otherwise rendering another person unconscious.
How to Fight UCMJ Violations
The codes of conduct outlined in the UCMJ are different from civilian law. As such, you need a lawyer who is experienced in the codes and procedures of military law. The attorneys at the Law Office of Garrison A. Wood have nearly 40 years of combined experience in military law. Contact us today to discuss the details of your case with one of our attorneys.
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