Article 15 (Non-Judicial Punishment)
Facing an Article 15?
If you are accused of a minor infraction or misconduct in violation of
the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), you may face a nonjudicial
punishment (NJP). Though you will not have the right to an attorney in
these cases, you may elect to have an individual such as a commander or
other superior speak on your behalf. Because Article 15 or NJP hearings
are held internally, it may be in your best interest to settle the incident
at that level.
When you settle, it means that you may either accept the NJP or refuse
it and request a courts martial. If you accept the NJP, you no longer
have the right to a trial by courts martial. Accepting the NJP allows
your commander to basically be the judge and jury over your case; it does
not mean you are admitting guilt. Following NJP, however, you could still
be processed for administrative separation.
Choosing either option entails presenting appropriate testimony and evidence
to defend you. Without proper preparation, a conviction may occur that
can lead to penalties and other consequences, including restriction, reduction
and forfeitures of pay. To ensure that you are protected at this time,
do not wait to enlist the support of an experienced
military criminal defense attorney at Military Justice International.
Why You Need a Military Criminal Defense Lawyer
When faced with an NJP charge, your first concern should be to determine
exactly what legal steps you need to take to mitigate the actions that
can be taken against you. Our highly skilled legal team has years of military
defense experience providing excellent representation to numerous military
personnel around the world. With our effective and dedicated staff, we
are available to you whenever you need us and will fight aggressively
to have your charges lessened or dismissed. Contact us if your Article
15 or NJP matter is scheduled to be sent to
courts-martial or if you need representation when facing this serious decision.