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Representing Service Members in Non-Judicial Punishment Proceedings Nationwide

In some instances, a commander in the U.S. Armed Forces may wish to enact discipline for an alleged offense without going to trial by court-martial. This is known as non-judicial punishment (NJP) and is permissible under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). NJP ranges from oral reprimands or admonition to extra duty, forfeiture of pay, restriction, and reduction in rank.

It’s important to note that accepting NJP does not necessarily constitute an admission of guilt. However, service members facing Article 15 proceedings have the right to speak to an attorney who can advise them regarding whether they should accept NJP, appeal, or request a court-martial. Depending on your situation, one of these options may produce a better overall outcome.

To learn more, contact our Fort Campbell Article 15 lawyer at The Law Office of Sean Flood PLLC. We serve military clients in Clarksville, TN and throughout the United States.

Non-Judicial Punishments under Article 15

Various factors—such as your rank and the rank of the imposing officer—affect the possible non-judicial punishments you face. That being said, NJPs fall into certain categories.

Non-judicial punishments under UCMJ Article 15 include:

  • Oral or written reprimand/admonition
  • Arrest in quarters for up to 30 days
  • Restriction to limits for up to 60 days
  • Forfeiture of pay
  • Extra duties, with or without restriction
  • Grade reduction
  • Correctional Custody for up to 30 days
  • Confinement on diminished rations

NJP Appeals

If you believe that the NJP is disproportionate to the offense, you may appeal the NJP or request a court-martial. Appeals must be submitted in writing within five calendar days of the imposition of NJP, or the right to appeal shall be waived. Keep in mind that doing so may put you at risk of harsher punishments if you are found guilty.

At The Law Office of Sean Flood PLLC, we strongly encourage you to discuss your legal options with a qualified and experienced attorney, like Sean Flood, prior to proceeding with the NJP/Article 15 process. An attorney will be able to advise you of your rights, as well as your legal options and various potential outcomes.

The Non-Judicial Punishment Process

When a commander wishes to enforce NJP, he or she will notify you of this intent. The notification will be accompanied by a description of the alleged misconduct/offense and evidence supporting the claim, as well as an overview of your legal rights. If you accept NJP, you will need to attend a hearing where you may submit supporting evidence and serve as a witness in your defense.

At The Law Office of Sean Flood PLLC, we represent military clients at all stages of the NJP/Article 15 process, including the NJP hearing. Our Fort Campbell non-judicial punishment lawyer is highly familiar with the system; he knows how to protect your rights and advocate on your behalf throughout the entire process. We take great pride in offering personalized and attentive legal services to clients located on and around military bases across the United States.

To request a free consultation, contact us online or call (931) 288-5995 today.

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