UCMJ Article 84
Breach of Medical Quarantine
Article 84 (Breach of Medical Quarantine) specifies a service member may be subject to prosecution if they:
- have been ordered into medical quarantine by a person authorized to issue such an order; and
- with knowledge of the quarantine and the limits of the quarantine, goes beyond those limits before being released from the quarantine by a proper authority.
The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable that the accused had been ordered into a medical quarantine, the order was valid, the accused was aware of the order as well as the limitations specified by the order, and the accused effectively violated the limitations of the order prior to being released by a proper authority.
Understanding Article 84 (Breach of Medical Quarantine) of the UCMJ
There is a difference between a service member being confined to quarters and being under medical quarantine. A service member who has been ordered into a medical quarantine was ordered to do so due to their possible exposure to a communicable contagion. The medical quarantine is a safety measure implemented to limit exposure to the contagion. Service members accused of a breach of medical quarantine must have deliberately violated the quarantine in order to be convicted.
Maximum Possible Punishment for Violations of Article 84
Service members found guilty of an Article 84 violation face a possible dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, as well as up to 1 year forced confinement.
How do you defend against Article 84 Breach of Medical Quarantine 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 who have won these cases. This team includes the firm’s founder, Jonathan Crisp, a highly respected former Army JAG with over 17 years of experience in military law and a sought-after speaker and lecturer on military law. In 2015 the firm recruited R. Davis Younts, a former prosecutor who was the number one rated Senior Defense Counsel in the Air Force and has taught at the Army and Air Force JAG Schools and successfully achieved acquittals in multiple rape, sexual assault, and sexual contact cases in courts-martial in multiple branches of the service. Donald Gordon has litigated cases before the Discharge Review Board, the Board for Correction of Military Records, and the Board for Correction of Naval Records regarding a wide variety of matters and a diverse background of clients.
If you or someone you know is facing Article 84 charges for Breach of Medical Quarantine, you need to speak with a Military defense attorney right away. Please call Crisp and Associates Military at 888-258-1653 for a free consultation.
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