Q: Can a service member be court-martialed after retiring?
Even a long-retired general can have his senior brass dragged back into military court–though it’s highly unusual.
Hiring a court-martial defense attorney may be at the top of a to-do list for a retired Army four-star general facing a court-martial after being charged with “six counts of rape of a minor” between 1983 in 1989, in violation of Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The alleged
Since there is no statute of limitations on rape in the military, and because the retired general is drawing a military pension, he can still be charged with military crimes– despite having retired 12 years ago. And with increased pressure in recent years to crack down on sexual misconduct in the military, especially child-related sex crimes the long-standing “unofficial taboo” against prosecuting senior military leaders for sex crimes has been “shattered”.
If found guilty of all charges after a court-martial the general faces the following possible punishments:
- “dismissal from the army,
- total forfeiture of his retirement pay and allowances,
- life in prison with the possibility of parole.”
With your career, reputation, and freedom on the
If you are a servicemember now facing accusations, have been charged, or want to appeal a conviction, the attorneys at Elkus, Sisson, and Rosenstein, in Colorado Springs and Denver, will develop an individualized and aggressive defense on your behalf.
We have a proven record in high-profile cases and represent service members of all ranks in all branches of the military whether stationed at home or abroad. That includes four-star generals and anyone else, active or retired. Contact us for a free consultation.