UCMJ Article 134

UCMJ Article 125


The MCM states any service member may be subject to prosecution for a violation of Article 125 if they seize, confine, inveigle, decoy, or carry away another person; and holds the other person against that person’s will.

In order to be convicted, the prosecution must prove that:

  1. the accused seized, confined, inveigled, decoyed, or carried away a certain person;
  2. the accused then held such person against that person’s will; and
  3. the accused did so wrongfully.


Understanding Article 125 (Kidnapping) of the UCMJ

For the purposes of Article 125, the term inveigle means to lure, lead astray, or entice by false representations or other deceitful means.  Decoy means to entice or lure by means of fraud, trick, or temptation.  Held means detained and must be more than a momentary or incidental detention.  The holding need not have been for financial or personal gain or for any other particular purpose. It may be an aggravating circumstance that the kidnapping was for ransom, however.

Against that person’s will means the victim was held involuntarily.  The involuntary nature of the detention may result from force, mental or physical coercion, or from other means, including false representations. If the victim is incapable of having a recognizable will, as in the case of a very young child or a mentally incompetent person, the holding must be against the will of the victim’s parents or legal guardian. Evidence of the availability or nonavailability to the victim of means of exit or escape is relevant to the voluntariness of the detention, as is evidence of threats or force, or lack thereof, by the accused to detain the victim.


Maximum Possible Punishment for Violations of Article 125

Service members convicted of a violation of Atricle 125 – Kidnapping face a maximum possible punishment of a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for life without eligibility for parole.


How do you defend against Article 125 Kidnapping 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 125 charges for Kidnapping, 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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