WHAT IS LARCENY IN THE MILITARY?
If you are in the military and have been accused of a larceny, the consequences could be life-altering. A court-martial conviction could not only have negative impacts to your military career, but there can also be ramifications for your life as a civilian. If you have been accused of theft, we should be your first call. Don’t delay, let us help.
Our defense attorney is a former enlisted Marine and Army JAG Officer, he has both the legal and personal experience to effectively handle cases under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Additionally, our team has the knowledge and resources to create the most effective defense based on your charges. You do not want to take on larceny charges alone; we can help you.
What is Military Larceny?
Article 120, UCMJ basically defines larceny as taking someone else’s property without their authorization, and having no intention of returning it. This is the most basic form of larceny. A simple example is when a person grabs someone’s wallet and does not intend to return it. A more complicated example is intentionally taking money you are not entitled to from the government, such as BAH fraud.
Actual contact with or touching the stolen item does not need to take place. So long as the accused exercises control over the stolen property, they could be charged with larceny.
What Are The Penalties for Larceny?
Not only is such behavior illegal, but it does not comport with military standards, and those accused of larceny risk both civilian and military repercussions. Article 120, UCMJ authorizes the maximum penalties offenders may receive. These vary depending on the property’s value and whether it was military-owned. Punishments imposed by military courts may include:
- Dishonorable discharge
- Forfeiture of pay
The consequences of a court martial conviction and punitive discharge include loss of military benefits and a federal conviction that will be discovered with background checks. Contesting theft allegations in military proceedings requires a comprehensive defense strategy – one that considers all aspects of the military case while also contemplating any civilian implications. We are experienced with helping servicemembers accused of larceny achieve the best possible resolution.
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Crimes Related to Larceny
Criminal theft charges come in a few varieties, depending on the nature of the crime. In addition to larceny, the UCMJ identify three other main types of theft. These are comparable but not identical crimes.
- Wrongful appropriation – Similar to theft, but the accused intended to return the stolen goods at some point.
- Burglary – Breaking into a building or personal property of another to commit larceny, wrongful appropriation, or any other offense.
- Robbery – Larceny by force.
Whether accused of larceny or one of these related crimes, a robust defense will be necessary to protect your freedom and military career.
We know what is at stake, and we want to help you keep your life intact. Call today to set up your personal consultation.
If you or someone you love is facing any of these or similar charges, contact us immediately.
Even if the investigation is ongoing and you have not yet been formally charged, we can help protect your rights, and take proactive steps to mitigate your exposure to life-changing criminal penalties.