UCMJ Article 134: False Swearing
When a member of the United States armed forces takes an oath or makes a statement swearing to the truth of a certain matter, and that oath or statement is known by that service member to be untrue at the time, he or she could be accused and convicted under Article 134 of the UCMJ: False Swearing.
False Swearing is not as severe as perjury or making a false official statement. However, it can just as easily destroy a service member’s military career and leave them bereft of their military benefits, pay, and even put them behind bars if they are not careful.
- You will face a dishonorable discharge along with the complete loss of your military benefits, including your healthcare and retirement.
- A conviction could land you behind bars, up to a max sentence of three years.
- Your pay and allowances will be forfeited, leaving you and your family in debt, possibly for years.
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What Is Article 134 (False Swearing) of the UCMJ?
All of the punitive UCMJ articles require prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a handful of critical assumptions—known as elements—to convict you of a crime. To convict a U.S. service member of false swearing, prosecutors must prove the following 7 elements:
- (1) That the accused took an oath or equivalent;
- (2) That the oath or equivalent was administered to the accused in a matter in which such oath or equivalent was required or authorized by law;
- (3) That the oath or equivalent was administered by a person having authority to do so;
- (4) That upon this oath or equivalent the accused made or subscribed a certain statement;
- (5) That the statement was false;
- (6) That the accused did not then believe the statement to be true; and
- 7) 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 Swearing): To be convicted of false swearing, prosecutors must first prove that the oath was legally binding (authorized by law and by an individual authorized to do so). Second, it must be proven that the service member did, in fact, made a false statement—in writing or spoken—and that said statement was service discrediting or prejudicial to good order and discipline.
Military Defense Attorney for Article 134 of the UCMJ: Fighting Back Against False Swearing Charges
A charge of false swearing can place any service member in a battle that they cannot hope to win on their own. The sentencing can be severe, outright destroying your military career and even leave you behind bars. This is not the time for wishful thinking. This is the time to seek allies and make preparations. And few allies are more willing to fight for its military clients than Bilecki & Tipon LLLC.
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Experienced Military Defense Lawyers for Article 134 Charges
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Frequently Asked Questions About Article 134: False Swearing
What Is the Maximum Possible Punishment for Article 134 (False Swearing)?
A service member who is convicted of making a false statement or oath under Article 134 of the UCMJ will face a maximum sentence of:
- Reduction to E-1
- Forfeiture of all pay and allowances
- Confinement for 3 years
- A dishonorable discharge
Is False Swearing Similar to Perjury or Making a False Statement?
Not exactly. The offense of perjury is defined under the guidelines of Article 131 of the UCMJ, and a conviction requires a service member to swear under oath during judicial proceedings. The same is not true of false swearing.
Article 107—Making a False Official Statement—is also similar to False Swearing, only it requires an official statement to be intentionally deceptive, whereas an Article 134 offense does not require deceptive intent or a statement made in an official capacity.