Criminal Law

Just like the civilian world, the military has a variety of laws to help maintain order and discipline in its ranks. In some ways, criminal laws in the military can be more expansive than those in the civilian world, given its unique role and mission in society. Along with the military’s laws, however, service members are also subject to the full range of criminal laws that exist in the civilian world. This puts them in the unique position of being subject to multiple jurisdictions (military and civilian) for any crime they commit and having to comply with laws that do not apply to everyday citizens. This article will describe the military criminal law system as well as the interplay between civilian law and military law and what it can mean for service members like you.