UCMJ Article 134: Adultery
Never assume that an adultery charge will disappear on its own, or that it can be won outright by the first military attorney the government provides you. Adultery is still a serious offense, one which has destroyed military careers and caused decent service members to be separated from the service.
- A conviction of adultery is grounds for discharge from the military.
- Years or even decades of benefits will disappear overnight. Your healthcare will be taken from you and from your family.
- You may face a prison sentence that could last a year. That is a full year of your life without income, without family, and without friends.
Do not let the charges fool you. An adultery conviction could end your military career forever, or worse. Do not take the risk. Contact Bilecki Law Group TODAY to start fighting back.
Every article of the UCMJ requires prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a handful of critical assumptions—known as elements—to convict you of a crime.
To be convicted of Adultery under Article 134, prosecutors must prove a service member committed the following three elements:
- That the accused wrongfully had sexual intercourse with a certain person;
- That, at the time, the accused or the other person was married to someone else; and
- 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.
Winning Your Case
Accusations of adultery are not uncommon in the military, but they are not easy victories for prosecutors. Not only must prosecutors prove that you committed adultery, they have the additional burden of proving the adultery was prejudicial to good order and discipline or discredited the military in some fashion.
One only needs to look at the case of General Petraeus for evidence of these difficulties. Despite overwhelming evidence that the adultery occurred and harm was done to the overall standing of the military (due to the high profile nature of the case), General Petraeus avoided an adultery charge completely.
Unfortunately, not every service member is so lucky. General Petraeus may have been protected by his status as a retired 4-star general. For others accused of the same crime, it takes an experienced and tenacious attorney to ensure the worst-case scenario does not come to pass.
Which is why so many current and former U.S. service members choose Bilecki Law Group to represent their interests in court.
- Tenacious advocacy from day one: You deserve better than the first raw deal to be thrown your way by the military’s prosecutors. Our attorneys will fight to advocate your side of the story relentlessly from day one, and will not relent until we’ve secured the best possible outcome in your case. Period.
- Experienced in-house team: Even the best military defense attorneys require the support of an experienced team if they hope to provide positive results consistently for their clients. The Bilecki Law Group legal team is one of the best in the business and will work around the clock to defend your interests in court.
- Rapid response to your location: Bilecki Law Group is strategically located in Hawaii, the epicenter of the U.S. Military’s operations in the Pacific. Even if you are currently stationed outside of the Pacific, we can be at your side within hours if the situation calls for it.
A conviction of adultery could end your military career forever. One call to Bilecki Law Group could save it. Contact our law firm TODAY for a confidential consultation.
Experienced Military Defense Lawyers for Adultery Charges
Have you been accused of adultery by the U.S. Government? Your military career, your freedom, and your future are all on the line. And it’s too precious to risk it all on an inexperienced attorney.
Bilecki Law Group has been helping service members fight back against adultery charges since inception. Review our case history to learn why our clients trust us to get the job done.
Bilecki Law Group will help you fight back against charges under Article 134: Adultery
Maximum Possible Punishment
Adultery is a serious offense in the military which is punishable up to a maximum of:
- A punitive discharge
- Forfeiture of all pay and allowances
- Confinement for up to 1 year