UCMJ Article 131a: Perjury, Subornation of
You or someone you love has been accused of persuading another individual to commit perjury to sway the outcome of a legally authorized military trial. Now, the military’s justice system has set its sights on you, accusing you of violating Article 131a of the UCMJ and committing the offense of subornation of perjury.
What began as an attempt to avoid or mitigate charges has now become an act which could substantially increase them. A soldier who is found guilty of subornation of perjury faces a significant maximum sentence, which, when added to the current sentence, could be catastrophic to his or her future.
- Subornation of perjury could easily cost you your military career and force you out of the armed forces with a dishonorable discharge.
- Your military benefits—worth tens of thousands of dollars over the course of your lifetime—could be taken from you in an instant.
- You could face a prison sentence which could last up to five years if you are convicted of subornation of perjury.
Have you been accused of subornation of perjury? You could lose your military career—or worse. Contact Bilecki & Tipon TODAY to start fighting back.
What Is Article 131a (Perjury, Subornation of) of the UCMJ?
Every article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice requires prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a handful of critical assumptions—known as elements—to convict you of a crime. To convict a soldier of subornation of perjury, the following eight elements must be proven:
- (1) That the accused induced and procured a certain person to take an oath or its equivalent and to falsely testify, depose or state upon such oath or its equivalent concerning a certain matter;
- (2) That the oath or its equivalent was administered to said person in a matter in which an oath or its equivalent was required or authorized by law;
- (3) That the oath or its equivalent was administered by a person having authority to do so;
- (4) That upon the oath or its equivalent said person willfully made or subscribed a certain statement;
- (5) That the statement was material;
- (6) That the statement was false;
- (7) That the accused and the said person did not then believe that the statement was true; and
- (8) That, under the circumstances, the conduct of the accused was to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces or was of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.
Summary of the Elements of Article 131a (Perjury, Subornation of): A service member could be convicted under Article 131a of subornation of perjury if he or she convinced a material witness to provide false testimony under oath to sway the outcome of a legal trial.
Military Defense Attorney for Article 131a of the UCMJ: Fighting Back Against Charges of Subornation of Perjury
Perjury charges are incredibly serious. They impact the court’s ability to make a sound and honest judgment regarding a particular offense. The court, therefore, considers these extreme violations, and the maximum sentence for subornation of perjury makes that very clear.
If you or a loved one is accused of subornation of perjury, it is imperative that you hire a military defense law firm with experience fighting back against such charges. Bilecki & Tipon LLLC specializes in defending military clients from UCMJ offenses. Court-martial attorneys Tim Bilecki and Noel Tipon have been providing consistent results for decades and can help you secure the best possible outcome in your case.
So why do so many service members choose Bilecki & Tipon to represent them in court?
- Experienced military defense attorneys: Managing partners Timothy Bilecki & Noel Tipon are U.S. veterans and former JAG Corp officers. They have successfully represented hundreds of U.S. service members from both inside and outside the military’s justice system.
- Highly qualified in-house team: Few military defense law firms have the resources it takes to go up against the military’s overwhelming resources and manpower. Bilecki & Tipon LLLC is one such law firm. If your situation calls for it, we can direct a substantial amount of firepower toward securing a positive outcome in your case.
- Strategic location in the Pacific: Bilecki & Tipon is located in Honolulu, Hawaii, in the epicenter of what is one of the most concentrated areas of American military installations and bases in the world. Our team can have you represented quickly and can put boots on the ground in a matter of hours if necessary.
The risks to your military career and your future are very real. And time is running out. Contact Bilecki & Tipon LLLC and schedule your confidential consultation TODAY.
Experienced Military Defense Lawyers for Article 131a Charges
You have fought honorably for your country. You deserve to have a fighting chance in court. Bilecki & Tipon LLLC understands what it takes to go up against the military’s conviction machine. We have been fighting for American service members for decades, and have secured positive outcomes for hundreds of military service members of every branch of the armed forces.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Article 131a: Subornation of Perjury
What Is the Maximum Possible Punishment for Article 131a: Subornation of Perjury?
A service member convicted under Article 131a for charges of subornation of perjury is subject to a maximum sentence which includes:
- Reduction to E-1
- Forfeiture of all pay and allowances
- Confinement for 5 years
- Dishonorable discharge
What Is Subornation of Perjury?
Subornation of perjury is the act of convincing another person to commit perjury to sway the outcome of a legal trial.