Adultery in the Military is a Criminal Offense
The U.S. Armed Forces hold their service members to a higher ethical level than people in civilian life. Adultery in the military is a criminal offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Adultery is defined as sexual relations between a married person and someone other than his or her spouse. Adultery also occurs if you are the not married party but have sexual relations with a person who is married, or even legally-separated from his or her spouse. Being “legally-separated,” is never an excuse under the UCMJ.
The reason the military is strict about adultery, is because such conduct is considered prejudicial to good order, to discipline, and could bring embarrassment and discredit to the Armed Forces.
Possible Penalties and Punishment for Adultery
Aggravating issues and increased penalties – If the person you have sex with is in your unit, or deployed, then adultery charges become more serious as “same unit and deployed” are viewed as an aggravating circumstance. Adultery is punishable under Article 134, with a maximum punishment of dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for up to 1 year.
If you are charged with adultery, you may be subject to punishments including, but not limited to:
an administrative action,
a court-martial with possible jail time if found guilty, or,
letter of reprimand which could terminate your military career.
An experienced civilian military attorney, such as Gary Barthel, can take the time necessary to thoroughly review the government’s evidence against you including all statements from witnesses or accusers. Your private civilian lawyer can also seek beneficial evidence and witnesses to create a defense while simultaneous working to to discredit the the government’s evidence and witnesses. Having a skilled private military lawyer on your defense team will ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
Facing charges of Adultery? – Make that Call...
If you are facing charges of Adultery, or adultery charges compounded with other like-charges, contact Gary S. Barthel, Lt. Col. USMC (Ret.) at (760) 941-3665 for a confidential consultation regarding your situation.