Fraternization Defense

Don't Risk Your Reputation or Your Future

Unlawful or unprofessional conduct within the military is considered a vice that can lead to an erosion of morale, good order, discipline, respect for authority, unit cohesion, and can negatively influence a military mission itself. For this reason, the military cracks down hard on any suspicion of fraternization.

Fraternization is forbidden under the UCMJ and service regulations; as such behavior shows a lack of concern for proper boundaries. Inappropriate relationships among officers and enlisted members can reflect poorly on the military. This often means that the military will aggressively pursue any officer or NCO believed to be fraternizing, and they may not consider the other side of the story. An officer or NCO may be court-martialed, taken to NJP or separated from the service based if found guilty of fraternization. This could lead to jail time, as well as loss of all pay and military benefits.

What types of behavior are involved in fraternization?

Officers engaged in the following behavior with enlisted men and women can be prosecuted:

  • Gambling
  • Borrowing money
  • Sexual or romantic relations
  • Sharing living quarters
  • Engaging in business or sales

Over the course of the investigation, a full review of your emails, phone calls, and texts may occur. Even if you are acquitted of the charges, your reputation may be tarnished without the proper defense, likely keeping you from future promotions.

If you are accused of, or have been charged by the military with fraternization, you need to immediately get in touch with a court martial attorney to protect your future and reputation. The legal team at Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC can begin work right away to build an effective defense for you. Our experience with the military means we can fight for you good name no matter where are stationed.

Let Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC Stand Beside You

Our firm believes that wasted time can result in terrible consequences for our clients, which is why we strive to work on your defense before charges are even presented. If you have been accused of fraternizing, don't leave your future up to chance. Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC can protect you and your standing with the military. Call our firm now for experienced counsel!