UCMJ Article 112
Drunkenness and Other Incapacitation Offenses
The MCM specifies under Article 112 any service member may be subject to prosecution if they are drunk on duty, are incapacitated for the proper performance of their duty, due to an indulgence in an alcoholic beverage or any drug or are drunk while they are a prisoner.
In order to be prosecuted for being drunk on duty, the prosecution must demonstrate:
- the accused was on a certain duty; and
- the accused was drunk while on this duty.
Incapacitation for duty from drunkenness or drug use conviction requires the prosecution to prove:
- the accused had certain duties to perform;
- the accused was incapacitated for the proper performance of such duties; and
- such incapacitation was the result of previous indulgence in intoxicating liquor or any drug.
A conviction for drunk prisoner requires proof that:
- the accused was a prisoner; and
- while in such status the accused was drunk.
Understanding Article 112 (Drunkenness and Other Incapacitation Offenses) of the UCMJ
Drunk on duty refers to a state of alcohol intoxication that sufficiently impairs the service member from fulfilling their duties with rational and full exercise of their mental or physical faculties. This charge applies only if the accused was actually on duty when the transgression occurred.
Incapacitation for duty from drunkenness or drug use refers to the accused being unfit or unable to perform their assigned duties as a result of alcohol consumption or drug use.
Maximum Possible Punishment for Violations of Article 112
Service members convicted of a violation of Article 112 face various punishments depending upon the specific charge.
Those convicted of drunk on duty face a maximum possible punishment of a bad-conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 9 months.
If the service member is convicted of incapacitation for duty from drunkenness or drug use, the maximum possible punishment allowed consists of confinement for 3 months and forfeiture of two-thirds pay per month for 3 months.
A drunk prisoner conviction carries a sentence of confinement for 3 months and forfeiture of two-thirds pay per month for 3 months.
How do you defend against Article 112 Drunkenness and Other Incapacitation Offenses charges?
When you are facing the combined resources of the military as well as the current cultural climate, you need to be prepared to defend your career and your freedom. Crisp and Associates, LLC has a team of experienced trial attorneys who have won these cases. This team includes the firm’s founder, Jonathan Crisp, a highly respected former Army JAG with over 17 years of experience in military law and a sought-after speaker and lecturer on military law. In 2015 the firm recruited R. Davis Younts, a former prosecutor who was the number one rated Senior Defense Counsel in the Air Force and has taught at the Army and Air Force JAG Schools and successfully achieved acquittals in multiple rape, sexual assault, and sexual contact cases in courts-martial in multiple branches of the service.
If you or someone you know is facing Article 112 charges for Drunkenness and Other Incapacitation Offenses, you need to speak with a Military defense attorney right away. Please call Crisp and Associates Military at 888-347-1514 for a free consultation.
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