What is the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)?

What is the UCMJ?

The Uniform Code of Military Justice, or UCMJ, is federal law that defines the military justice system. It lists out criminal offenses under military law. These criminal offense outlines will be the foundation on which to build your criminal case. For this reason, it is vital that you work with an attorney who has knowledge of and experience with the UCMJ if you have been charged with a crime.

Who is Subject to the UCMJ?

According to Article II of the UCMJ, just about everyone in the armed forces is subject to the provisions of the UCMJ. This also includes those who are serving with the military during times of war as well as anyone who performs military duties and any volunteer enlistees.

If Convicted of a Crime

If you are convicted of a crime while serving in the armed forces, you are subject to punishments as related to the committed offense listed in the UCMJ. These consequences vary greatly depending on the offense, and can include:

  • Reduction to the lowest pay grade (E-1 rank)
  • Forfeiture of pay and allowances
  • Confinement, or hard labor without confinement

We Can Help

If you are a member of the United States military, you are subject to the laws and regulations listed in the UCMJ. However, this is a lengthy and complicated piece of legislation that can be hard to dissect.

We understand that being charged with a crime is stressful, and there’s so much more to lose when you are in the military. You’ve worked hard to get where you are and we don’t want that to go to waste. At Garrison Military Law, we know how to successfully defend our military clients. You’ve fought for us, now it’s our turn. Schedule a free review of your case today.

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