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Defending Service Members Facing Violent Crimes Charges
The men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces are trained in the exercise of lethal force but are also subject to strict discipline to prevent violence in the ranks. Unfortunately, factors such as alcohol and drug use and the stresses of service work cause conflicts among uniformed personnel, and the results are often disastrous for those involved.
In some cases, one person or more is seriously injured or perhaps even killed in a fight or an attack. Even when everyone involved survives without any significant physical harm, the incident is likely to result in some type of punitive action, such as confinement and discharge following a court-martial. If you need legal assistance, work with our firm to fight for your freedom.
Are you facing violent crime charges while in the military? Call McCormack & McCormack today at (888) 490-0876 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our military violent crimes attorney!
What is the Definition of Assault in the Military?
The military justice system takes a tough stance against violent offenses. If you have been charged with assault, you can expect the case to be taken before a court-martial rather than being disposed of through non-judicial punishment. Article 128 recognizes two degrees of assault: simple assault and aggravated assault.
- Simple assault - occurs when the offender threatens or attempts to injure the victim through unlawful force - i.e., violence not justified by self-defense - regardless of whether or not the victim is struck or injured.
- Aggravated assault - occurs when the perpetrator uses a deadly weapon or other means which are likely to cause grievous bodily harm or death, as well as if the victim is an officer, law enforcement personnel, or a child under the age of 16.
Murder and Manslaughter Charges in the Armed Forces
The Uniform Code of Military Justice distinguishes between the two types of homicide, with Article 118 covering the offense of murder and Article 119 applying to the crime of manslaughter.
Murder is charged in cases where the homicide is premeditated, is the result of an assault that was intended to cause great bodily harm, is caused by activity that is inherently dangerous and which demonstrates a wanton disregard for human life, or is committed in the course of any of the following:
Manslaughter, in contrast, is a homicide that is committed in the heat of a sudden passion, provided that the passion was caused by adequate provocation. It may also be charged in cases where the defendant is accused of killing another person through culpable negligence - such as by causing a fatal collision while driving drunk - or while perpetrating some other type of criminal offense.
Contact Our Military Violent Crimes Attorney Today
Whether you have been accused of committing a simple assault or if you are suspected of murder, you cannot afford to take any chances with the outcome of your case. Don't make the mistake of trying to resolve the situation on your own by speaking with the investigators. Put your case in the hands of the military criminal defense at McCormack & McCormack. We have more than four decades of experience and a track record which includes hundreds of courts-martial, both as the prosecution and the defense.
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