UCMJ Article 131g
Wrongful Interference with Adverse Administrative Proceeding
Article 131g of the MCM states any service member may be subject to prosecution if they, having reason to believe that an adverse administrative proceeding is pending against any person subject to the UCMJ, wrongfully act with the intent to influence, impede, or obstruct the conduct of the proceeding, or otherwise to obstruct the due administration of justice.
In order to be convicted of an Article 131g violation, the prosecution must demonstrate that:
- the accused wrongfully did a certain act;
- the accused did so in the case of a certain person against whom the accused had reason to believe there was or would be an adverse administrative proceeding pending; and
- the act was done with the intent to influence, impede, or obstruct the conduct of such administrative proceeding, or otherwise obstruct the due administration of justice.
Understanding Article 131g (Wrongful Interference with Adverse Administrative Proceeding) of the UCMJ
For purposes of this Article, an adverse administrative proceeding includes any administrative proceeding or action, initiated against a service member, that could lead to discharge, loss of special or incentive pay, administrative reduction in grade, loss of a security clearance, bar to reenlistment, or reclassification.
Examples of wrongful interference include wrongfully influencing, intimidating, impeding, or injuring a witness, an investigator, or other person acting on an adverse administrative action; by means of bribery, intimidation, misrepresentation, or force or threat of force delaying or preventing communication of information relating to such administrative proceeding; and the wrongful destruction or concealment of information relevant to such adverse administrative proceeding.
Maximum Possible Punishment for Violations of Article 131g
Service members convicted of a violation of Article 131g face a maximum possible punishment of a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 5 years.
How do you defend against Article 131g Wrongful Interference with Adverse Administrative Proceeding charges?
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If you, or someone you know, is facing Article 131g charges for Wrongful Interference with Adverse Administrative Proceeding, 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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