UCMJ Article 134

UCMJ Article 120a

Mails: Deposit of Obscene Matter

According to the Manual for Courts-Martial, any service member may be convicted of a violation of Article 120a if they wrongfully and knowingly, deposit obscene matter for mailing and delivery.

In order to be prosecuted, it must be demonstrated:

  1. the accused deposited or caused to be deposited in the mails certain matter for mailing and delivery;
  2. the act was done wrongfully and knowingly; and
  3. the matter was obscene.


Understanding Article 120a (Mails: Deposit of Obscene Matter) of the UCMJ

Whether something is obscene is a question of fact and, for the purposes of this article, obscene is synonymous with indecent. The matter must violate community standards of decency or obscenity and must go beyond customary limits of expression. Knowingly means the accused deposited the material with knowledge of its nature. Knowingly depositing obscene matter in the mails is wrongful if it is done without legal justification or authorization.


Maximum Possible Punishment for Violations of Article 120a

Service members convicted of a violation of Article 120a face a maximum possible punishment of a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 3 years.


How do you defend against Article 120a Mails: Deposit of Obscene Matter 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, with more than 75 years of combined experience, who have won these types of cases. This team includes the firm’s founder, Jonathan Crisp, a highly respected and sought-after attorney, speaker, and lecturer, who has served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) since 1998 and entered private practice in 2007.


If you, or someone you know, is facing Article 120a charges for Mails: Deposit of Obscene Matter, you need to speak with a Military defense attorney right away. We understand what is at risk, and we know how to protect your career, your freedom, and your future. Please call Crisp and Associates Military at 888-258-1653 for a free consultation.

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