Military Retaliation and the UCMJ

As a member of the United States military, you are held to a certain standard that is different than that of civilians. Because of this, you must follow military law. If you have been charged with retaliation, it is important to understand this charge and how a military defense attorney can help.

What is a retaliation charge?

According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), retaliation is considered harmful action against someone due to something they said or did. This also includes ostracizing someone. Retaliation is considered either professional or social.

  • Professional retaliation could include assigning someone extra duties, or transferring them to a less-desirable job because he or she reported a crime or other violation.
  • Social retaliation means ostracizing someone or excluding someone from social acceptance or friendship because he or she reported or intended to report a crime. Social media can also be used as a platform to implement social retaliation.

Possible Consequences of a Retaliation Conviction

If convicted of retaliation, you could face serious consequences, including up to three years of confinement without pay, forfeiture of allowances and dishonorable discharge.

How We Can Help

Although the consequences of retaliation can seem frightening, it is important to remember that as long as you are working with a qualified military defense lawyer, there is hope for your case. The attorneys at Garrison Military Law specialize in military defense and can help guide you through the legal process quickly and easily. Schedule a free review of your case today.

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