UCMJ Article 134 Offenses

Article 134 is a repository of over 54 unique criminal offenses which 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 in conjunction with other enumerated punitive articles of the UCMJ. Article 132 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 & Tipon TODAY.

We Defend Service Members against All Article 134 Offenses

soldier in prisonArticle 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 & Tipon 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.

Your reputation, your honor, your very liberties are on the line. Preserve them TODAY by securing the most trusted name in UCMJ military defenses: Bilecki & Tipon.

Frequently Asked Questions About Article 134

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.

Animal Abuse

Adultery

Bigamy

Bribery and Graft

Burning with Intent to Defraud

Check, Worthless, Making and Uttering

Child Endangerment

Child Pornography

Cohabitation

Correctional Custody

Debt, Dishonorably Failing to Pay

Disloyal Statements

Disorderly Conduct, Drunkenness

Drinking Liquor with Prisoner

Drunk Prisoner

Drunkenness, Incapacitation for Performance of Duties

False or Unauthorized Pass Offenses

False Pretenses, Obtaining Services Under

False Swearing

Firearm, Discharging Through Negligence

Firearm, Discharging Willfully under Such Circumstances as to Endanger Human Life

Fleeing Scene of Accident

Fraternization

Gambling with Subordinate

Homicide, Negligent

Impersonating a Commissioned, Warrant, Noncommissioned or Petty Officer or Agent Official

Indecent Language

Indecent Conduct

Jumping from Vessel into the Water

Kidnapping

Mail: Taking, Opening, Secreting, Destroying or Stealing

Mails: Depositing or Causing to Be Deposited Obscene Matters

Misprison of a Serious Offense

Obstructing Justice

Wrongful Interference with an Adverse Administrative Proceeding

Pandering and Prostitution

Violation of Parole

Subornation of Perjury

Public Record: Altering, Concealing, Removing, Mutilating, Obliterating or Destroying

Quarantine: Medical, Breaking

Reckless Endangerment

Restriction, Breaking

Seizure; Destruction, Removal, Or Disposal of Property to Prevent

Self-Injury without Intent to Avoid Service

Sentinel or Lookout: Offenses against or by

Soliciting Another to Commit an Offense

Stolen Property: Knowingly Receiving, buying, Concealing

Straggling

Testify: Wrongful Refusal

Threat of Hoax Designed or intended to Cause Panic or Public Fear

Threat, Communicating

Unlawful Entry

Weapon: Concealed, Carrying

Wearing Unauthorized Insignia, Decoration, Badge, Ribbon, Device or Lapel Button

Where Can I Find Information About Article 134 Offenses?

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 from Other UCMJ Offenses?

Article 134 considers three categories of offenses which 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:

  1. Offenses involving disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces
  2. Offenses involving conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces
  3. Offenses involving noncapital crimes or offenses which violate Federal law including law made applicable through the Federal Assimilative Crimes Act

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