ARTICLE 107 UCMJ PDF

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Worldwide Since Article False Official Statements False official statement is one of the most commonly alleged offenses in the manual for courts-martial. It includes all statement and documents made in the line of duty. The elements of false official statement under Article , UCMJ are: That the accused signed a certain official document or made a certain official statement; That the document or statement was false in certain particulars; That the accused knew it to be false at the time of signing it or making it; and, That the false document or statement was made with the intent to deceive.

A false official statement does not require material gain. Though, material gain can be circumstantial evidence of intent to deceive. Defense counsel will usually contest the suggestion that the accused knew the statement to be false.

Whether a statement is official or not, depends on whether an official government function will be negatively impacted by the false or misleading statement. There should be a clear and direct relationship to official duties. A misleading statement can include an otherwise true statement that omits information. In Wright, the accused suggested that he noticed computers were missing while moving property for storage. The accused knew the actual location of the computers. His guilty plea was provident.

There is no exculpatory no doctrine in the military. False Official Statement Maximum Punishment The maximum punishment is dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for five years.

Lesser Included Offenses The lesser-included offenses include only Article 80 — attempts. References [1] United States v. Teffeau, 58 M.

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False Official Statement. MCM, pt. IV, 31; UCMJ art. 107

False Official Statement. MCM, pt. That the accused signed a certain official document or made a certain official statement; That the document or statement was false in certain particulars; That the accused knew it to be false at the time of signing it or making it; and That the false document or statement was made with the intent to deceive. Relation to Federal Statute.

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UCMJ Article 107: False Official Statement

Articles 77 through of the UCMJ are known as the "punitive articles. Many will also likely have civilian court cases as well if other local laws were broken too such as driving drunk to rape or murder. Chapter 4 of the MCM includes, and expands on the punitive articles. Elements: These are the specifics of the offense. To support a finding of "guilty," the government must prove each element of the offense, beyond a reasonable doubt. Explanation: The explanation defines terms, and clarifies the elements, based on previous court decisions.

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ARTICLE 107 MAKING FALSE OFFICIAL STATEMENTS

Worldwide Since Article False Official Statements False official statement is one of the most commonly alleged offenses in the manual for courts-martial. It includes all statement and documents made in the line of duty. The elements of false official statement under Article , UCMJ are: That the accused signed a certain official document or made a certain official statement; That the document or statement was false in certain particulars; That the accused knew it to be false at the time of signing it or making it; and, That the false document or statement was made with the intent to deceive. A false official statement does not require material gain. Though, material gain can be circumstantial evidence of intent to deceive. Defense counsel will usually contest the suggestion that the accused knew the statement to be false. Whether a statement is official or not, depends on whether an official government function will be negatively impacted by the false or misleading statement.

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Article 107 False Official Statements

Any attempt by a service member of the United States armed forces to intentionally falsify an official U. Military or Government statement or document while in the line of duty will be accused of falsifying an official statement under Article A conviction under this article could prove disastrous for the accused service member: Even if you were unaware of the false statement at the time, you could face up to five years in prison, all for a single mistake. You may be tossed out of the military with a dishonorable discharge. The embarrassment alone will be enough to never share your service with another living soul again. The benefits, pay, and allowances you earned will be taken from you and your family. Accusations of falsifying official statements could destroy your military career and civilian future.

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