UCMJ Article 134

UCMJ Article 131c

Misprision of Serious Offense

Article 131c of the Manual for Courts-Martial states any service member may be subject to prosecution if they know that another person has committed a serious offense, and they wrongfully conceal the commission of the offense and fail to make the commission of the offense known to civilian or military authorities as soon as possible.

In order to be convicted the prosecution must demonstrate that:

  1. a certain serious offense was committed by a certain person;
  2. the accused knew that the said person had committed the serious offense; and
  3. thereafter, the accused wrongfully concealed the serious offense and failed to make it known to civilian or military authorities as soon as possible.


Understanding Article 131c (Misprision of Serious Offense) of the UCMJ

Misprision of a serious offense is the offense of concealing a serious offense committed by another but without such previous contact with or subsequent assistance to the principal as would make the accused an accessory. An intent to benefit the principal is not necessary to this offense.

For the purposes of Article 131c, a serious offense is any offense punishable under the authority of the UCMJ by death or by confinement for a term exceeding 1 year.

A mere failure or refusal to disclose the serious offense without some positive act of concealment does not make one guilty of this offense.


Maximum Possible Punishment for Violations of Article 131c

Service members convicted of a violation of Article 131c of the UCMJ 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 131c Misprision of Serious Offense charges?

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If you, or someone you know, is facing Article 131c charges for Misprision of Serious Offense, 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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