Special Courts-Martial

The Uniform Code of Military Justice is a code of laws and regulations that form the basis of the legal system in the military. Under the UCMJ, people serving in the military can be court-martialed for a variety of offenses. Special courts-martial handle offenses that are typically deemed misdemeanors in the legal system.

Special Court-Martials Explained

In the military, the legal system follows a different process than it does when handling civilian matters. Special courts-martial deal with offenses that go beyond minor infractions but are not on the level of felonies.

A special court-martial will typically include a three members and a military judge, though the accused can request to be tried solely by a judge.  Consequences vary depending on the particulars of the case.

  • A bad conduct discharge can be assigned from a special court-martial.
  • Confinement cannot exceed one year.
  • Hard labor cannot exceed three months.
  • Up to two thirds pay can be docked each month for a year.

As with all courts, these maximums are not often assigned, and the punishment will fit the nature of the crime.

Legal Counsel for Special Courts-Martial

Legal counsel is essential for when dealing with special courts-martial. There are many procedural options available to people facing charges, and good legal counsel will help their clients explore all viable options.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime while serving in the military, contact Garrison Military Law today to learn how a legal team experienced with the UCMJ can help.

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