Articles of the UCMJ
The Uniform Code of Military Justice provides the legal basis for punitive charges against Service Members of the United States Armed Forces. Over 100 separate articles governing everything from murder to the unauthorized use of a lapel pin can be found in this sprawling code of legalese.
Charges brought against you under the UCMJ’s punitive articles all but guarantee the military will consider your alleged crimes for court-martial or adverse administrative action. The charges will determine the type of a court-martial you are facing along with maximum and minimum sentencing.
Facing charges under the articles of the UCMJ is both stressful and frightening. Over the coming days you will face some tough questions:
- Do I hire an experienced civilian lawyer to defend me or just keep the free JAG lawyer given to me? Will that make me look guilty? Do I care more about how it makes me look or my freedom?
- What could be the maximum possible sentencing in my situation? Will I be dishonorably discharged? Will I go to prison? For how long?
- What will happen to my reputation? What will happen to my family if I’m incarcerated? How will a dishonorable discharge or felony level conviction affect my life as a civilian?
Answering these questions before your court martial or administrative hearing is the most important step you can take to defending your reputation and your future. Bilecki & Tipon has the answers and will help you fight back against your charges.
We Defend Service Members against All Punitive Articles of the UCMJ
The Articles of the UCMJ are complex and frustrating to comprehend—especially when you’ve been accused of a crime and need information fast. Bilecki & Tipon helps service members and their families understand the charges made against them:
- We’ll tell you what the government’s next move will likely be in your case. You need to know what you’re up against and what to expect if you have any hope of winning your case.
- We’ll show you how to fight back. A few precautions on your part can stop law enforcement in its tracks and reduce the chances of a conviction.
- You can retain our experienced military defense attorneys and form a defense team to take the fight directly to the government’s prosecutors to secure your victory.
Bilecki & Tipon is often the last line of defense you have against an enemy that wishes to publicly shame you and put you behind bars. Protect yourself against the punitive Articles of the UCMJ by calling Bilecki & Tipon today!
Frequently Asked Questions About the UCMJ
How Many Articles Exist Under the UCMJ?
There are 146 Articles of the UCMJ, along with 12 sub-articles, bringing the number to 158. Not all of these articles are punitive in nature. Some, such as Article 77, define who may or may not be held liable as a principal of a particular crime. There are 61 punitive articles within the UCMJ: Articles 77 to 134.
What Is the Maximum Sentence Possible Under the Articles of the UCMJ?
Death. Every punitive article of the UCMJ proposes a maximum sentence. Some articles, such as Article 118 for Murder, carry with it the possibility of the death sentence or a life sentence in prison.
Where Can I Find Information About the Punitive Articles of the UCMJ?
The Manual for Courts Martial provides maximum punishments, rules of evidence and what constitutes a violation of each article under the UCMJ. You can also find information specific to each Article of the UCMJ here on the Bilecki & Tipon website.