UCMJ Article 134: False or Unauthorized Pass Offense

When a service member makes use of a military pass or permit in an unauthorized manner, or tampers or alters a pass or permit in any fashion, he or she could be accused and convicted under Article 134 of the UCMJ: False or Unauthorized Pass Offense.

Any government pass—military or otherwise—is a sensitive document which carries serious responsibilities for the service members who carry them. Because these passes and permits are often sensitive documents, law enforcement, and military prosecutors will show no mercy to service members who fail to use them as intended.

  • Simply loaning out your pass could lead to a dishonorable discharge and the loss of all of your military benefits, healthcare, and pension.
  • You will lose your bonuses immediately and may be forced to pay them back. All pay and allowances will be lost in an instant.
  • You run the risk of confinement that could extend out for years if you are unlucky enough to receive a maximum sentence.

The loss of your military career, your benefits, and your freedoms is possible with a guilty verdict. Do not take the risk. Contact Bilecki & Tipon TODAY to start fighting back.

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What Is Article 134 (False or Unauthorized Pass Offense) 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. Three criminal offenses related to false or unauthorized passes are defined under Article 134, each with its own set of elements which must be proven:

  • (1) Wrongful making, altering, counterfeiting, or tampering with a military or official pass, permit, discharge certificate, or identification card
    • (a) That the accused wrongfully and falsely made, altered, counterfeited, or tampered with a certain military or official pass, permit, discharge certificate, or identification card; and
    • (b) 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.
  • (2) Wrongful sale, gift, loan, or disposition of a military or official pass, permit, discharge certificate, or identification card
    • (a) That the accused wrongfully sold, gave, loaned, or disposed of a certain military or official pass, permit, discharge certificate, or identification card
    • (b) That the pass, permit, discharge certificate or identification card was false or unauthorized;
    • (c) That the accused then knew that the pass, permit, discharge certificate, or identification card was false or unauthorized; and
    • (d) 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.
  • (3) Wrongful use or possession of a false or unauthorized military or official pass, permit, discharge certificate, or identification card
    • (a) That the accused wrongfully used or possessed a certain military or official pass, permit, discharge certificate, or identification card;
    • (b) That the pass, permit, discharge certificate or identification card was false or unauthorized;
    • (c) That the accused then knew that the pass, permit, discharge certificate, or identification card was false or unauthorized; and
    • (d) 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 134 (False or Unauthorized Pass Offense): A service member may be accused of one or more of three criminal offenses related to the forgery, sale, and use of unauthorized passes. Prosecutors must prove the pass or permit was either fake or unauthorized, and that the act was service discrediting or prejudicial to good order and discipline.

Military Defense Attorney for Article 134 of the UCMJ: Fighting Back Against Charges of a False or Unauthorized Pass

Military passes, permits and certificates are sensitive documents. The military’s prosecutors will be unsympathetic and even hostile toward any service member who uses these documents in an unauthorized way. And this is very much apparent in the maximum charges connected to the offense, which includes a dishonorable discharge and up to three years in confinement.

Gambling on the outcome of your court-martial could have devastating results on your future, your freedoms and your financial stability. That’s why many service members choose to mitigate risk by hiring an experienced court-martial lawyer to represent their interests in court.

Bilecki & Tipon LLLC knows how to help service members fight back against charges of false or unauthorized passes and other offenses under Article 134 of the UCMJ. Let’s take a closer look at why so many service members put their trust in Bilecki & Tipon LLLC:

  • Courts-martial experience. Together, Mr. Bilecki and Mr. Tipon have decades of first-hand experience fighting for active duty and reserve service members from both inside and outside the military’s justice system. We have over 30 years of combined criminal defense trial experience.
  • Talented team of legal experts: A defense attorney cannot secure positive outcomes consistently for his clients without a team actively supporting him in the background. Bilecki & Tipon employs some of the most talented staff possible, including our full-time investigator, and can have that team working behind the scenes to secure a positive outcome in your case.
  • Strategic location in the Pacific: We are strategically located in Honolulu, Hawaii, in close proximity to military bases and installations throughout the Pacific, Asia, the United States and beyond.

Do not risk the worst case scenario for your Article 134 offense. If you are facing charges and require immediate assistance, contact Bilecki & Tipon TODAY to consult with an attorney.

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Experienced Military Defense Lawyers for Article 134 Charges

Every military member who cares about his or her career and future should seek out only the most experienced military defense attorney to represent their interests in court. Not doing so could mean a raw deal in court and setbacks which take years to resolve.

Below you will find case history for Bilecki & Tipon LLLC. Since inception, we have provided excellent results for our clients, and we continue to do so to this day.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Article 134: False or Unauthorized Pass Offense

What Is the Maximum Possible Punishment for Article 134 (False or Unauthorized Pass Offense)?

A conviction of a false or unauthorized pass under Article 134 of the UCMJ varies in maximum sentencing based on the type of criminal offense committed.

Possession and use with intent to defraud OR making, altering, selling

  • Reduction to E-1
  • Forfeiture of all pay and allowances
  • Confinement for 3 years
  • Dishonorable discharge

All other cases

  • Reduction to E-1
  • Forfeiture of all pay and allowances
  • Confinement for 6 months
  • Bad-conduct discharge

Will Bilecki & Tipon Travel to My Location If I Am Serving Abroad?

Absolutely. Bilecki & Tipon LLLC is a truly worldwide law firm with global reach. Regardless of where you are stationed, we can have you represented quickly.

What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

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