Kidnapping is a serious charge with major repercussions, especially for military members who are accused of this offense.
Kidnapping Defined by the UCMJ
Many people think of kidnapping as blindfolding or gagging a victim and transporting them against their will to a different location. However, kidnapping, according to Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), could also be defined as simply holding a person in a room against their will.
There are various elements that make up a kidnapping charge including:
- The service member confined, decoyed, seized, inveigled, or carried away a certain individual
- That individual was then held against his or her will by the service member
- The service member committed the act willfully and without excuse or justification
- The service member’s conduct was adverse to the discipline and good order in the armed forces, or the nature of the act discredited the armed forces
Possible Consequences for a Kidnapping Conviction
If a military member is convicted of kidnapping, he or she could face serious consequences such as dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of allowances and pay, and a possible maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.
How We Can Help
Because the possible consequences for this charge are enormous, you will want to build the best defense possible.
Military defense attorney Garrison Wood understands the ins and outs of the UCMJ and has the experience necessary to defend a case like yours. To discuss your case and options, contact us to schedule a free consultation.