Uniform Code of Military Justice - UCMJ
Military members accused of crimes are not governed by the same state or local
penal system as the civilian population. Members of the military are subject to the
laws of the military legal system contained in the Uniform Code of Military Justice
(UCMJ). All branches of the military are covered by the UCMJ.
If you are member of the armed forces or you have a family member in the military
who has been arrested, questioned or is under investigation for a violation the UCMJ
it is imperative that you speak with an attorney experienced in military law and
procedure. Some of the qualifications you may want to look for in your lawyer is
whether the attorney was a JAG, served in the military, or has been serving military
personnel and their family for many years.
Specific rules govern the bringing of cases to military courts, the different types of
court-martial, treatment and apprehension of prisoners, and the trial process, military
jurisdiction, legal investigations, discharges, the release and revision of military
records, post-trial review procedures, and appeals.
There are many experienced and competent lawyers in your community that may be
at the top of the list for dealing with civilian legal matters, this does not always
translate into the knowledge and experience necessary for dealing with the issues for
a member of the military.
The UCMJ applies to all active-duty, reserve & Guard, and in certain circumstances
retired military personnel. Violation of any of the articles of the UCMJ can result in
punishments ranging from loss of certain of privileges to confinement and discharge
form the service.
If you or a family member has been charged with a violation of the UCMJ contact an
experienced military attorney in your area.
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