UCMJ Article 134: Fraternization
If you are a member of the armed forces and have been charged with fraternization, we understand how frustrated and confused you are. Going up against the United States military can be daunting, but if you fight back with an attorney who has experience working on cases with charges just like yours, you can rest assured that your case will be handled properly.
Elements of Fraternization
According to Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, there are several different elements that make up a fraternization charge. These include:
- The service member was a warrant or commissioned officer
- The officer fraternized on terms of military equality with one or more enlisted members in a certain manner
- The officer knew that the person or persons were enlisted members
- The fraternization violated the custom of the accused’s service that officers shall not fraternize with enlisted service members on terms of military equality
- Under the circumstances, the conduct of the accused was to the prejudice of discipline and good order in the military or could bring discredit to the armed forces
Of course, not all fraternization is considered an offense. It depends on the circumstances in which the alleged activity occurred. Some factors that could result in a fraternization offense include:
- Conduct that in some way compromised the chain of command
- The fraternization resulted in the appearance of partiality
- The conduct undermined good order, discipline, morale or authority
Possible Consequences of a Fraternization Conviction
If found guilty of fraternization, you could face some serious penalties including dismissal from the military, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and up to two years of confinement.
How We Can Help
If convicted of fraternization, the consequences can be frightening. However, with the right attorney on your side, there is hope for your case. Attorney Garrison Wood specializes in military defense law and knows how to handle UCMJ infractions.
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