UCMJ Article 127
The Manual for Courts-Martial states any service member may be subject to prosecution under Article 127 if they communicate threats to another person with the intention thereby to obtain anything of value or any acquittance, advantage, or immunity.
In order for a service member to be prosecuted for extortion, the prosecution must demonstrate the accused communicated a certain threat to another and that the accused intended to unlawfully obtain something of value, or any acquittance, advantage, or immunity.
Understanding Article 127 (Extortion) of the UCMJ
Extortion does not have to be successful in order to be a punishable offense. It is considered to be complete when the communication of the intended threat is made.
A threat may be communicated by any means but must be received by the intended victim. The threat may be a threat to do any unlawful injury to the person, their property, their family, or anyone they care about. The threat may be one of physical violence, accusation of a crime, or any type of exposure of disgrace or secrets.
Maximum Possible Punishment for Violations of Article 127
Service members convicted of a violation of Article 127 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 127 Extortion charges?
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If you, or someone you know, is facing Article 127 charges for Extortion, 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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