Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP)
What is Non-Judicial Punishment?
Nonjudicial punishment is known by different terms among the services, such as "Article 15," "Office Hours," or "Captain's Mast." The purpose of NJP is to punish service members for minor offenses such as reporting late for duty, petty theft, underage drinking, etc.
The punishments for NJP are limited to restriction to certain specified limits, forfeiture of pay, and reduction in grade.
Though NJP punishment is not as severe as a court-martial, the burden of proof is much lower and the commanding officer makes a determination of guilt. There are no rules of evidence with this type of punishment, therefore it is easier for service members to be pressured to admit to allegations of which there is actually very little evidence. It is important to consult with an attorney to ensure that you receive the best possible result.
Even if you accept NJP, an experienced attorney can help with the appeal or rebuttal statement to make sure your rights are upheld.
It is very important to have a good defense attorney who is not employed or affiliated with the military or government to ensure your rights are upheld.
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