If you are a member of the United States Army, it is important that you understand what non-judicial punishment (NJP) is and how it can affect your future and your career.
Non-Judicial Punishment Defined
According to Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), NJP is defined as a type of punishment that can occur without any formal proceedings or the need for a court martial. This type of punishment is inflicted as a way to help curb the offender from committing future offenses.
Because NJP does not involve a court martial, the offense does not damage the soldier’s criminal history. However, a Soldier’s service record is tarnished and because NJP can be imposed without a trial, the punishment is often inflicted solely based on the account of the superior officer who issued the NJP.
Types of Non-Judicial Punishments
The penalties you receive under NJP will vary due to several factors specific to your case such as the offense committed, your current rank and the rank of the officer that issued the NJP.
The most common punishments include:
- Confinement to quarters
- Demotion in rank
- Reduction in pay
- Extra duties assigned
How We Can Help
If you believe that you have been placed under NJP unfairly, then it is important that you work with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Attorney Garrison Wood knows how to defend soldiers like you and is ready to get to work. Schedule a free review of your case today.
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