Other UCMJ Charges and Offenses
This listing of "Other" crimes and offenses is not a complete listing but is a very short list of crimes that don't generally fit into tone of the other categories.
UCMJ Investigations provides experienced investigative services relating to a wide range of UCMJ related offenses. Our approaches to reviewing and analyzing the government’s case depends on the specifics of the charges levied against you. We will discuss these approaches with you and your attorneys so that we can maximize our efforts.
We are not lawyers and the information presented is illustrative of the types of investigative services we offer. Consult your attorney for legal guidance.
OUR EXPERTISE: UCMJ CASES Related to Other Offenses
We understand military law, and how to effectively investigate UCMJ cases.
About General and Other UCMJ Charges
Espionage (Article 106a)
To be convicted of Espionage there are many elements that need to be proven: (a)(1) Any person subject to this chapter who, with intent or reason to believe that it is to be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign nation, communicates, delivers, or transmits, or attempts to communicate, deliver, or transmit, to any entity described in paragraph (2), either directly or indirectly, anything described in paragraph (3) shall be punished as a court-martial may direct, except that if the accused is found guilty of an offense that directly concerns (A) nuclear weaponry, military spacecraft or satellites, early warning systems, or other means of defense or retaliation against large scale attack, (B) war plans, (C) communications intelligence or cryptographic information, or (D) any other major weapons system or major element of defense strategy, the accused shall be punished by death or such other punishment as a courtmartial may direct.
(2) An entity referred to in paragraph (1) is— (A) a foreign government; (B) a faction or party or military or naval force within a foreign country, whether recognized or unrecognized by the United States; or (C) a representative, officer, agent, employee, subject, or citizen of such a government, faction, party, or force.
(3) A thing referred to in paragraph (1) is a document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, note, instrument, appliance, or information relating to the national defense.
There are specific criteria in order for a person to be given the death penalty and those are spelled out in the Manual for Court Martial. Needless to say this is not a charge taken lightly and you need the best team possible.
Your defense must be based on solid evidence as well as a compelling presentation of the evidence which amounts to a water-tight defense.
You need exceptional defense counsel and that includes an investigator that can not only find evidence that will convince the court of your innocence.
You need an investigator that knows what to look for and that has or can get the proper security clearance. I have had a Top Secret Clearance for all of my adult life and I actively maintain my clearance today.
General Article (Article 134)
This article is often referred to as "The General Article" as it remains a catch-all for offenses that are generally lesser offenses of those that are spelled out in other provisions of the Manual For Courts-Martial. Don't think of them as inconsequential or minor, it is just that some of them don't fit into easily defined categories.
Some of the lesser-used Articles include:
- Animal Abuse
- Worthless Checks
- Failing to pay debts
- Disorderly conduct
- Discharging a firearm
- Gambling with a subordinate
- Indecent language
- Others already mentioned on this website
Michael West is well-versed with pertinent laws and procedures, has investigated these type allegations for the military and goes the extra mile to protect your rights.
These are not the type of allegations that you want a second-rate investigator for and if you are an attorney you owe it to your client to use the best resources around to mount an aggressive defense.