Nonjudicial punishment (NJP) — also known as Article 15, Captain's Mast or Office Hours — may be imposed by commanders in the armed services as a response to minor violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. NJP is an alternative to courts-martial and can be used in cases involving offenses such as:
- Unauthorized absence (UA)
- Reporting late for duty
- Disobeying an order
It is crucial to take NJP seriously and seek legal counsel quickly. Penalties can include rank reduction, restriction and forfeiture of pay, and imposition of NJP can lead to administrative discharge. Read our NJP article for more information.
Understanding Article 15/Nonjudicial Punishment — Help From Hammonton Attorneys
In an NJP action, the commanding officer acts as the judge and jury. Some commanders provide fair hearings, but others may assume you are guilty and not properly consider the evidence. Therefore, service members most often have a choice: They can accept NJP or they can refuse and risk punishment at a court-martial instead. Each choice has its risks, so it is in your best interest to speak with a military lawyer before deciding.
United States Military Lawyers Based In New Jersey
The Cody Law Firm in Hammonton, New Jersey, represents military personnel at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, throughout New Jersey and the nation, and anywhere service members are stationed across the globe. The firm's attorneys have extensive experience in military justice, including defending members of the U.S. armed services in courts-martial, courts-martial appeals and Article 15 proceedings.
Our attorneys, led by former Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) officer Douglas L. Cody, provide our clients with sound legal counsel and a tenacious defense. They understand the severity of the accusations against you and will fight to ensure that you are protected from damage to your personal reputation and career standing.
Contact A United States Military Defense Attorney In New Jersey
Contact The Cody Law Firm in New Jersey for a free consultation with a U.S. nonjudicial punishment lawyer. The attorneys represent individuals from all branches of the U.S. military and will travel where needed to defend you. Call 609-561-1015.