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There are three types of courts-martial according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ):
A general court-martial is reserved for the most serious cases and the most egregious violations of military law. Conviction after general court-martial can result in almost any punishment imaginable – everything from a dishonorable discharge to the death penalty. Before a general court-martial may be convened, a preliminary investigation hearing must occur in accordance with Article 32 of the UCMJ. Depending on the punishment sought, there must be between 5 and 12 military jurors (referred to as “court members”). If the accused is enlisted, they are entitled to have at least 1/3rd of the members be enlisted personnel. If you have further questions about general court-martial, consult an Arizona military law attorney experienced in court-martial defense.
A special court-martial is for crimes that are too serious for a summary court-martial (or summary court-martial is refused) yet not serious enough for a general court-martial. There must be a minimum of 3 members of the court (i.e. the jury). If the accused is enlisted, 1/3rd of them must also be enlisted. The sentences imposed at special court-martial are limited to:
Special note: Commissioned Officers may not be confined or dismissed from the service after a special court-martial. Learn more about special court-martial by speaking with a knowledgeable Arizona court-martial defense attorney at Stone Rose Law.
A summary court-martial is for low-level offenses. It is heard before any commissioned officer who does not need to be a judge or a lawyer. Indeed, the officer is generally one from the same command as the accused. The punishment at summary court is considerably less than a special or general court-martial. These punishments include:
If you’re facing a summary court-martial, protect your freedom by speaking with a qualified Arizona court-martial defense attorney as soon as possible.
Learning that your command is convening a court-martial is a stressful and confusing time for service members. It is imperative to secure aggressive, competent representation at the earliest possible opportunity. The Arizona court-martial and non-judicial punishment defense lawyers at Stone Rose Law are prepared to assist you. Contact our law firm at (480) 498-8998 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.