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A service member of the United States Armed Forces who, with the intent to steal, takes property owned by another person in his or her presence and against his or her will by force or by threats of violence, will be subject to charges under Article 122 of the UCMJ.   The crime of robbery combines two illegal offenses—assault and theft—each of which warrants harsh sentencing of their own. Should you be convicted, you will face extremely harsh punishment, which may include, but is not limited to:

  • Incarceration within the military prison system which could last for over a decade.
  • A dishonorable discharge that will haunt your civilian career for the rest of your life and force you to hide your military service and history.
  • The loss of your livelihood and stability. Your healthcare, salary, and pension will be taken from you overnight

Bilecki Law Group will protect your future and freedoms against charges of robbery, assault, and theft. If you believe your life is worth fighting for, make the call to Bilecki Law Group TODAY.

What Is Article 122 of the UCMJ?

Every article of the U.C.M.J. requires prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a handful of critical assumptions—known as elements—to convict you of a crime. There are seven elements found within Article 122 which the government must prove at your court-martial case to convict you of robbery:  

  1. That the accused wrongfully took certain property from the person or from the possession and in the presence of a person named or described;
  2. That the taking was against the will of that person;
  3. That the taking was by means of force, violence, or force and violence, or putting the person in fear of immediate or future injury to that person, a relative, a member of the person’s family, anyone accompanying the person at the time of the robbery, the person’s property, or the property of a relative, family member, or anyone accompanying the person at the time of the robbery;
  4. That the property belonged to a person named or described;
  5. That the property was of a certain value or of some value; and
  6. That the taking of the property by the accused was with the intent permanently to deprive the person robbed of the use and benefit of the property.
  7. That the means of force or violence or of putting the person in fear was a firearm (If the robbery was committed with a firearm, this element is added).

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Summary of the Elements of Article 122

Robbery is a form of theft which includes elements of violence or the threat of visiting violence upon the victim, the family of the victim, or other people with the victim at the time of the robbery. Prosecutors must prove that property of a certain value was taken by force or by the threat of violence by the accused from another named person with the intent to deprive that person of that property forever.  

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Military Defense Attorney for Article 122 of the UCMJ: Strategies and Tactics

The tactics we as criminal defense attorneys use in your court-martial, along with the narrative we construct to protect your freedom in court, is largely determined by the circumstances of your case and the nature of the allegations and criminal charges against you.   To prepare for your case, we’ll perform a full investigation into the events that occurred both during and leading up to the robbery. We’ll also consider a few possible areas of interest which may prove critical to securing the best possible outcome in your robbery case:

  • Your relation to the victim. Were you acquainted in any way with the victim of the robbery? Does the victim recognize your face as the face of the person that robbed him or her? Is there any forensic evidence that puts you at the scene of the robbery and if so, could there be another reason for your being there?
  • The value and nature of the property. Did law enforcement discover the property in your possession? If not, is there any indication that you knew about and desired the victim’s property? Is there any proof that you prepared to rob another person by staking out or casing a location? What was the value of the property according to law enforcement or the victim, and can that be verified by a third party?
  • The nature of the alleged threats. Was the victim injured or harmed during the robbery? If evidence puts you at the scene of the crime of the robbery, were cares taken to avoid coming in direct contact with the owner of the property or another person? Was a weapon of some kind involved? Can anyone else verify the threats of violence?

Accusations of robbery could quickly turn into a conviction if you are unprepared. Do not take the risk. Contact Bilecki Law Group TODAY for a free consultation.  

Experienced Military Defense Lawyers for Article 122 Charges

Bilecki Law Group has successfully defended Service Members from charges of robbery and assault. Our experienced legal team will aggressively protect your interests in court, no matter how grim or hopeless your situation may seem. We excel at winning unwinnable cases. Many of our previous clients can attest to that.   

Bilecki Law Group will help you fight back against charges under Article 122: Robbery

Frequently Asked Questions About Article 122

Article 122 considers two types of maximum charges for robbery offenses, those with firearms, and those without firearms.   Robbery with a firearm:

  • Reduction to E-1
  • Forfeiture of all pay and allowances
  • Dishonorable discharge
  • Confinement for 15 years

Robbery without a firearm:

  • Reduction to E-1
  • Forfeiture of all pay and allowances
  • Dishonorable discharge
  • Confinement for 10 years

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