UCMJ Article 87b

UCMJ Article 93

Cruelty and Maltreatment

The MCM states a service member may be subject to prosecution if they are guilty of cruelty toward, or oppression or maltreatment of, any person subject to his orders.


Understanding Article 93 (Cruelty and Maltreatment) of the UCMJ

The term “any person subject to his orders” protects those not only under the direct or immediate command of the accused, but also all persons who, by reason of some duty, are required to obey the lawful orders of the accused.  Those who are required to follow the lawful orders may or may not be subject to the UCMJ.

The cruelty, oppression, or maltreatment, although not necessarily physical, must be measured by an objective standard.  This offense may include assault, improper punishment, and sexual harassment.


Maximum Possible Punishment for Violations of Article 93

A violation of article 93 carries 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 93 Cruelty and Maltreatment 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 23 years of experience in military law and a sought-after speaker and lecturer on military law. 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 93 charges for Cruelty and Maltreatment, 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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Deborah Miskie