Bribery is one of the most common charges levied against military members. If you’ve been charged with bribery or graft, it is important to understand the specifics of what you’re up against.
Bribery and Graft Defined
Bribery and graft fall under Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Bribery involves asking, receiving, or accepting something of value from an identified organization or person. There are several elements involved with this charge, including:
- The accused occupied an official position or managing official duties at the time of the offense.
- The way in which the accused’s intervention was sought was an official matter that involved the U.S.
- The accused asked, received or accepted something of value with the intention of influencing an action or decision.
Graft involves promising, giving or offering something of value to an identified person. The elements involved with this charge include:
- The identified person was promised, offered, or given something by the accused, who was occupying an official position or managing official duties at the time.
- The item was offered, given, or promised with the intention of influencing an action or decision.
- The way in which the identified person’s intervention was sought was an official matter that involved the U.S.
Possible Consequences of a Bribery or Graft Conviction
Bribery and graft both hold serious consequences to the accused if convicted. If a military member is convicted of bribery or graft, he or she might receive a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of allowances and pay, and three to five years of confinement.
How We Can Help
If you’ve been charged with bribery or graft, you will want to hire an experienced military defense lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney Garrison Wood specializes in military law and has handled numerous cases similar to yours.
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