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federal military chargesMilitary readiness is one of the most fundamental and important obligations of the federal government. The U.S. Military is a venerated institution and there are strict rules in place in order to avoid interrupting the effective training and operation of any branches of the military.

In fact, certain types of conduct with regards to the military are unlawful and can result in federal criminal charges.

You need to take these charges seriously because penalties can be harsh, and you need to make sure you are represented by a federal criminal defense attorney with the knowledge and skill to help you fight accusations of wrongdoing.

LV Criminal Defense provides representation to clients in California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and surrounding areas who have been accused of committing federal crimes.

Our legal team will work closely with you to evaluate the evidence a prosecutor has and determine the best and most strategic response aimed at reducing the likelihood you will be convicted of a federal offense. To find out more about how our firm can help you, give us a call today.

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Federal Laws On Military and Navy Offenses

The federal laws that relate to crimes connected to the military or navy are found within 18 U.S. Code Chapter 67. A total of nine different statutes are found in 18 U.S. Code Chapter 17, but one of those statutes has been repealed. This leaves eight statutes that define different types of criminal conduct and explain what prosecutors must prove in order to secure convictions for wrongdoing. The relevant statutes include:

  • 18 U.S. Code section 1381: Enticing desertion and harboring deserters: Enticing or attempting to entice a person in the Armed Forces or a recruit to desert from service or helping a person to desert can result in a fine and imprisonment for up to three years under this statute. Harboring, concealing, or helping a known deserter can also result in conviction.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 1382: Entering military, naval, or Coast Guard property: This statute imposes a maximum penalty of up to six months incarceration for going onto a military, naval, or Coast Guard reservation, yard, port, post, or other installation for purposes prohibited by law. Re-entering such a facility after having been removed can also result in the same penalty.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 1384: Prostitution near military and naval establishments: Under this statute, up to a year of jail time can be imposed upon a defendant convicted of engaging in or facilitating prostitution within a reasonable distance of a military or naval camp, station, fort, post, or similar location. Setting up a brothel, receiving a person for purposes of prostitution, or permitting someone to stay in a vehicle, building or other structure for purposes of prostitution can also result in conviction.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 1385: Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus: Willfully using any part of the Army or Air Force as a posse comitatus or willfully using any part of the Army or Air Force to execute the law, other than as permitted by the Constitution, could result in a fine and imprisonment for up to two years.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 1386: Keys and keyways used in security applications by the Department of Defense: Stealing or otherwise obtaining by false pretenses any keys or locks that have been adopted by the Department of Defense or military agencies for use in protecting weapons or protecting classified information or equipment can result in being charged and convicted under this statute. The maximum penalty under this statute is generally 10 years imprisonment.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 1387: Demonstrations at cemeteries under the control of the National Cemetery Administration and at Arlington National Cemetery: For violating the laws set forth in Title 38 related to demonstrations at cemeteries controlled by the national cemetery administration, a defendant could be fined and imprisoned for a maximum of a one year.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 1388: Prohibition on disruptions of funerals of members or former members of the Armed Forces: Disrupting funerals for current or former members of the Armed Forces at a cemetery not under the control of the National Cemetery Administration or not part of Arlington National Cemetery can result in penalties under this statute. The penalty could include up to one year imprisonment as well as civil remedies.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 1389: Prohibition on attacks on United States servicemen on account of service: Knowingly assaulting or battering a U.S. Servicemen or an immediate family member of servicemen, or causing property damage of property belonging to servicemen or their families, could result in fines and penalties under this statute. Penalties vary depending upon whether anyone was hurt and how much property was damaged.

LV Criminal Defense will help you to understand the specific elements of the statue you’ve been charged under.

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Getting help from a Federal Criminal Attorney

If you’ve been accused of violating any of the laws found within 18 U.S. Code Chapter 67, LV Criminal Defense can provide the vigorous, dedicated representation that you need to respond to serious accusations and protect your freedom.

When your future is at stake, you need representation provided by federal criminal lawyers who have a long track record of success and who are committed to advocating for you throughout your involvement with the criminal justice system. Our firm can provide the help you need and deserve. We know the laws in 18 U.S. Code Chapter 67 inside and out and we have a long history of successfully helping clients in California, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, or surrounding areas to avoid conviction when charged with federal offenses.

To find out more about how our legal team can negotiate a plea deal, help you get charges dropped, or assist you in introducing reasonable doubt to secure a not guilty verdict in court, give us a call today.

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