UCMJ Article 134: General Offenses
Article 134 is a repository of more than 54 unique criminal offenses that are not specifically covered in any other article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
This catch-all article governing the principles of Armed Forces conduct covers a wide range of punitive offenses which generally fall under three categories: disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline, discrediting the Armed Forces, and other non-capital offenses or assimilated federal crimes.
- Offenses found under Article 134 range from lower level to very serious offenses, and these charges can be preferred and referred to a general, special, or summary courts-martial. The list of Article 134 offenses is extensive and these offenses are often charged with the other punitive articles of the UCMJ. Article 134 also allows prosecutors to assimilate federal crimes into the UCMJ.
- The most serious offenses under Article 134 incur prison sentences that can extend for decades.
Your civilian future may be put in jeopardy as you struggle to contend with a negative record as a dishonorably discharged veteran or even a sex offender.
- You could very easily lose years of earned benefits in an instant. Your retirement, healthcare, and livelihood are all on the line should you be convicted.
The right defense attorney could mean the difference between a successful military career and incarceration. Do not put your future and liberties at risk. Fight back with Bilecki Law Group TODAY.
How Many Offenses Exist Under Article 134?
There are currently 54 separate criminal offenses listed under Article 134 of the UCMJ. The crimes range from animal abuse and kidnapping to carrying a concealed weapon, i.e., they are incredibly broad in scope and sentencing.
The Manual for Courts-Martial provides maximum punishments, elements for conviction, and explanations for all 54 offenses listed under Article 134.
What Makes Article 134 Offenses Different
Article 134 considers three categories of offenses that are not covered in any other article of the code. Failing to uphold these “clauses” in any fashion could incur a charge under Article 134 of the UCMJ.
These clauses include:
- Offenses involving disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces
- Offenses involving conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces
- Offenses involving noncapital crimes or offenses which violate Federal law including law made applicable through the Federal Assimilative Crimes Act
Article 134 Offenses
- Animal Abuse
- Bribery And Graft
- Check, Worthless, Making And Uttering
- Child Pornography
- Debt, dishonorably failing to pay
- Disloyal statements
- Disorderly conduct, drunkenness
- Firearm, discharging—through negligence
- Homicide, negligent
- Gambling with subordinate
- Indecent Language
- Indecent Conduct
- Pandering And Prostitution
- Self-Injury Without Intent To Avoid Service
We Defend Service Members Against All Article 134 Offenses
Article 134 is a complex web of legal code which defines the elements and sentencing considerations for dozens of possible offenses.
Tackling your case alone or with an inexperienced attorney puts you on the fast track to losing your military career, or worse.
As military defense attorneys, Bilecki Law Group has successfully defending service members from Article 134 charges. We’ve helped countless military veterans make sense of their offenses and find a strategy to win. Let us help you do the same.
- We will prepare your case and handle all the legwork—from sourcing witnesses and investigating crime scenes to representing you in your trial.
- As the premier court-martial defense law firm operating in the Pacific today, we have a vast arsenal of resources at our disposal to handle every challenge and every eventuality that the prosecution throws our way.
- We look at every case and ask ourselves this one question, every time: how do we exonerate our client of all charges? Other law firms will plead you guilty immediately. Not us.