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Non-Judicial Punishment in Richmond Hill & Hinesville

No matter what branch of the military you are a member of, you can face a non-judicial punishment for minor offenses. Non-judicial punishment is given separate names in each service, including:

  • Article 15 (Army and Air Force)
  • Office Hours (Marine Corps)
  • Captain's Mast (Navy and Coast Guard)

If you are being punished for a minor offense with non-judicial punishment, the consequences can still be serious. Some of the offenses that can result in non-judicial punishment include:

  • Destroying government property
  • Sleeping on watch
  • Reporting late for duty
  • Providing false information
  • Disobeying standing orders

The commander imposing punishment will be the party determining whether the offense can be considered minor. Speak with one of our Richmond Hill criminal defense attorneys from Balbo & Gregg, Attorneys at Law, PC if you need experienced legal assistance.

What occurs during non-judicial punishment?

During non-judicial punishment, the commanding officer or officers can inquire into the facts regarding the minor offense allegedly committed, afford the accused a hearing, and dismiss charges. In order for these actions to be initiated, a commander will need to prove that a member of his or her command committed a minor offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Article 15 of the UCMJ discusses the level of offense that can be handled with non-judicial punishment. Many factors are taken into consideration to deem an offense as "minor," including the circumstances surrounding the alleged commission.

As a military member, you are entitled to specific rights that you should understand. You have the right to know that the imposition of such punishments is being considered and to receive a description of the alleged offense. You also have the right to a personal appearance in front of the officer who is imposing the punishment. At Balbo & Gregg, we know the laws regarding your case and can protect your rights during each stage. Contact us today for further information!

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

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