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UCMJ Practice Areas

The Uniform Code of Military Justice [UCMJ] is the statutory law that criminalizes certain behavior for military members. The UCMJ prohibits many of the same types of behavior as the civilian system and many other types of behavior that are unique to the military. Even the recognizable, civilian-types criminal behaviors, such as sexual assault and disorderly conduct, are different under the UCMJ than under civilian criminal codes. A service member facing adverse action for violating the UCMJ should think about retaining assistance from an attorney with experience with the UCMJ, the Military Rules of Evidence and the procedural Rules for Courts-martial.

  • Article 15, or non-judicial punishment, is a forum in which a commander can decide guilt or innocence and punish minor offenses under the UCMJ.
  • Article 32 hearings are proceedings in which an investigating officer inquires into the sufficiency of the evidence, the form of the charges and makes recommendations to the convening authority for the disposition of the case.
  • Courts-martial are trials for alleged criminal offenses under the UCMJ.
  • Reprimands, admonishments, counseling or instruction are tools for commanders or supervisors to correct minor disciplinary infractions or failure to meet standards.

The notable cases and other experience noted on this website are representative samples of past cases. However, nothing in this website should be construed as a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the results of any particular future case. Each case is dependent on different facts, and therefore, no one can predict the outcome of any particular case.

The information on this website is for informational purposes only. Nothing on any page of this website, e-mails, or any other form of communication is intended as, nor should be taken as, legal advice. This information on this website is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship, and receipt or viewing of information, does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.

Law Office of Michael J. Coco, P.A. is owned by Attorney Michael J. Coco. He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of California and has been admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces