UCMJ Article 134: Wearing Unauthorized Insignia, Decoration, Badge, Ribbon, Device, or Lapel Button
Insignia and other devices are earned through years of service, hard work, and acts of valor. They may be used to identify rank and maintain good order inside and outside of combat. The military’s reliance on these symbols is so essential to its success, that it is considered a criminal offense under Article 134 to wear an unauthorized symbol, badge, or any other device unless that symbol has been earned and made official.
If you have been accused under Article 134 of wearing an unauthorized insignia, decoration, badge, ribbon, device, or lapel pin, then you may be at risk for substantial losses to your military career, your finances, and even your freedom.
- A bad-conduct discharge threatens everything you have worked so hard to build in the military, such as your rank, your pay, and your benefits.
- A conviction could land a serious blow to your finances. You may lose all pay or have it substantially reduced. You may be forced to pay back your bonuses.
- Simply wearing the wrong lapel button could put you behind bars for a significant length of time.
Wearing the wrong symbol by mistake or otherwise could destroy your military career. Do not take the risk. Contact Bilecki & Tipon LLLC to start fighting back TODAY.
What Is Article 134 (Wearing Unauthorized Insignia, Decoration, Badge, Ribbon, Device, or Lapel Button) of the UCMJ?
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 found guilty under Article 134 of wearing an unauthorized military device or symbol, the following four elements must be proven before a military judge:
- (1) That the accused wore a certain insignia, decoration, badge, ribbon, device, or lapel button upon the accused’s uniform or civilian clothing;
- (2) That the accused was not authorized to wear the item;
- (3) That the wearing was wrongful; and
- (4) 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 (Wearing Unauthorized Insignia, Decoration, Badge, Ribbon, Device, or Lapel Button): To be convicted of wearing an unauthorized military badge or symbol, a service member must have wrongfully worn a symbol which he was not authorized to wear, either on his uniform or in his civilian clothing.
Military Defense Attorney for Article 134 of the UCMJ: Fighting Back Against Charges of Wearing Unauthorized Military Insignias, Badges, Buttons, etc.
Military devices denote rank and protect the military’s order and structure. They ensure the military’s hierarchy is maintained by adding a visual element to each individual service member. To be found wearing a symbol which was not earned, therefore, leaves a service member at risk of accusations of deceit and even fraud. If the military’s prosecutors are allowed to act with impunity in the courtroom, you may be labeled a conman and a scam artist, leaving you at risk of a maximum sentence or even multiple offenses for separate crimes.
It’s for these and many other reasons that you must hire the most experienced military defense law firm possible to advocate for you in court. You stand to lose a great deal on the outcome of your court-martial. Mitigating that risk and securing the best possible outcome in court should be your first and only concern.
And when it comes to securing positive results, few law firms are as capable as Bilecki & Tipon LLLC:
- Experienced UCMJ attorneys: Veteran JAG Corp officers Timothy J. Bilecki and Noel Tipon have successfully represented hundreds of service members of all ranks and in all branches of America’s military. Their understanding of the military’s justice system is unrivaled, and their results in court are unequaled.
- Expert legal team: Bilecki & Tipon LLLC employs a highly specialized and experienced investigator and support staff at our offices in Hawaii. We have the resources and the manpower required to give you a fighting chance in court.
- Global reach and fast response times: Bilecki & Tipon is strategically in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii, in close proximity to military installations in Hawaii, Korea, Okinawa, mainland Japan, Guam and beyond.
A raw deal in court could destroy your military career and set you back years. You deserve better. Contact Bilecki & Tipon TODAY to set up a confidential consultation.
Experienced Military Defense Lawyers for Article 134 Charges
Everything from your freedom to your military career will be on the line if you are formally accused and convicted under Article 134. The risks are simply too great not to hire an experienced military defense attorney to defend you in court. And few law firms can claim the case history and the reputation of Bilecki & Tipon LLLC.
Bilecki & Tipon will help you fight back against charges under Article 134: Wearing Unauthorized Insignia, Decoration, Badge, Ribbon, Device, or Lapel Button
FAQ: Article 134 (Wearing Unauthorized Insignia, Decoration, Badge, Ribbon, Device, or Lapel Button)
What Is the Maximum Possible Punishment for Article 134 (Wearing Unauthorized Insignia, Decoration, Badge, Ribbon, Device, or Lapel Button)?
A service member who is convicted of wearing an unauthorized insignia under Article 134 of the UCMJ will face a maximum sentence of:
- Reduction to E-1
- Forfeiture of all pay and allowances
- Confinement for up to 6 months
- Bad-conduct discharge
Does Bilecki & Tipon Travel to Military Installations Around the World?
Yes. Bilecki & Tipon is located in Hawaii but has clients across the Pacific, Asia, Europe, and the United States.
If you are either accused of a crime or believe you may be a suspect in a crime, contact our law firm TODAY to schedule a confidential consultation.