Sexual Contact Defined by the UCMJ Article 120

All service members must follow the rules and codes outlined in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Article 120 of the UCMJ covers rape and sexual assault. Allegations under Article 120 can be humiliating and carry severe punishments, including loss of rank and potential imprisonment. Understanding the terms and definitions under UCMJ Article 120 is critical to understanding the charges you are facing.

What is “sexual contact” as defined by UCMJ Article 120?

“Sexual contact” under the UCMJ Article 120 is defined as touching or forcing someone else to touch the genital area, groin, breast, or buttocks either through clothing or directly for the purpose of abusing, embarrassing, harassing or degrading them or for the purpose of sexual arousal or desire. Touching can be carried out using any body part or an inanimate object.

Defending against sexual contact allegations.

Attorney Garrison A. Wood is a powerful advocate for his clients. He has successfully defended many clients accused of violating UCMJ Article 120. He listens to his clients to understand their side of the story and determine the best course of action within the confines of the UCMJ.

What to do if you are facing sexual contact allegations.

Navigating the UCMJ and the court-martial system can be intimidating. You don’t have to go it alone. Attorney Garrison A. Wood has spent his career trying cases under the UCMJ. If you’ve been accused of sexual assault violations, contact The Law Office of Garrison A. Wood to discuss the details of the charges against you and your rights under the UCMJ.

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