Military Theft Crimes
Information from a Military Criminal Defense Attorney
The men and women of the United States military are constantly held to a high standard of ethics and moral conduct. No matter what type of crime they commit, they will be punished according to laws that are far stricter than those used to govern civil cases. This applies to all types of crimes, including theft crimes where the offender takes or keeps the personal property of another person without their consent, usually for the purpose of personal gain. There are two different theft crimes listed in the Unified Code of Military Justice (UCMJ):
Burglary (U.S.C. § 929): Breaking and entering into the dwelling of another at night with the intent of committing murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, robbery, maiming, arson, assault or any other crime inside; punishment determined by a court-martial.
Robbery (U.S.C. § 922): Taking anything of value from someone or in the presence of someone against their will, by means of force or violence or fear of immediate injury or property damage, all with the intent to steal said the item of value; punishment determined by court-martial.
What to Do if Charged with a Military Theft Crime
As a service member accused of such a crime, you could face harsh damages to your rank and military career if sentenced. The first thing you should do immediately after being accused of a theft crime is hire an experienced military criminal defense lawyer. Meagan F. Temple, Attorney at Law could review your case, gather evidence on your behalf and aggressively fight for your charges to be reduced or dismissed.
Contact Attorney Temple's firm today if you need a military criminal lawyer for a theft crime case to determine what legal action you need to take. Ms. Temple has extensive experience in judge advocacy, prosecution and legal defense, all of which she will employ to the fullest in order to defend your case. Contact the firm today to learn more!