New guidelines and punishments have been added to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) that went into effect on January 1, 2019. If you are a service member, it is important to understand how these changes can affect you, such as the new standards for a DUI.
Elements of Article 113 Military DUI
According to Article 113 of the UCMJ, you could be found guilty of driving under the influence if:
- You were operating or in control of a vehicle, aircraft or vessel
- While operating the vehicle, you did so in a reckless manner
- Was drunk and impaired, or
- The alcohol concentration in your blood (BAC) exceeded the legal limits
New Standards Listed Under the UCMJ
The new standards that are listed under the UCMJ now require a service member’s BAC to be 0.08 or under while driving on base. This is down from the previous standard of allowing a BAC level of 0.10.
How We Can Help
If you were charged with a DUI before January 1, 2019, there could be some discretion in your case. Even if you were charged with a DUI after the new standards went into effect, it is important that you are working with an experienced attorney. Garrison Wood specializes in military defense and has helped numerous clients with cases similar to yours. It is important to get started as soon as possible on your defense. Give us a call today or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
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